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Reed Monkey Oboe Reeds

Best Oboe Reed Brand For Students To Professionals- Consistent, Beautiful Tone, Accessible, Hybrid Scrape

Summary:

  • Reed Monkey Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch. They are beautiful reeds that are responsive, highly consistent, and accessible to a broad range of players.
  • They are crafted using my own Headstart Reeds that feature an initial light  scrape from my Reeds n Stuff profiler.  This is followed by the same professional finish that all of my reeds receive. 
  • Frejus oboe cane is the primary source of cane I use for this brand.  It is just what I need to match and sometimes exceed the results I achieve with my premium brands-but with less fuss.  Buyers receive a 10% discount for this streamlined strategy.
  • They feature my signature American scrape.
  • Every reed receives dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to assignment and shipment.
  • My process supports the optimum balance of the four pillars of the oboe reed: stability, pitch, tone and response. Extra weight is given the consistency and response factors to give them more universal appeal.

Experience Level:

  • Reed Monkey Oboe Reeds are available in student, intermediate and professional grades.  Most players can do fine without the aid of a private teacher. Intermediate and advanced players will benefit from developing to advanced embouchures. Players should seek an upgrade when they can manage increased structure and detect improvements in sound quality.

Construction/Scrape:

  • My primary source of cane is from my Frejus inventory.  It is precision processed specifically for this model. Cane is sorted for quality, conformation, diameter, strength and density and then matched with my objectives. 
  • Medium range shape (currently  Mack ++).  
  • Mounted on a professional Chiarugi 47 mm 2+ unmarked staple with a natural cork and brass core.  This helps moderate aperture.
  • Tie length is @73 mm. This may vary to manage aperture demands.
  • Cane is offset from the staple median by a couple of degrees to create extra torque in the tie.
  • Reeds receive up to 2 scrape/drying cycles, as needed. 
  • Reeds are finished with a defined heart and tip. They have a blended mid section. The heart is a little thicker than my other models. The rest of the scrape depends on what is needed in pursuit of the four pillars described above. Finished length target is 70mm. It is never longer, and sometimes 69.5 to address pitch issues.

Finishing Touches:

  • No two reeds are ever exactly the same, and in multiple reed orders one will always be best.  
  • Tested in two rooms with and without carpet on a Loree 125 oboe. Reed prep instructions are included. When I test reeds, I try to replicate the embouchure of the player I expect to purchase it, not my own. If it is not a fit, I start over.