First Chair Intermediate Oboe Reeds

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Best Intermediate Oboe Reeds For Players Seeking A Warm Tone And Supple Response- Handmade

First Chair Intermediate Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and 100% hand scraped. They are designed to help developing seeking a beautiful tone with a supple response.  I match staple size; cane brand, size, gouge and shape; blank construction; and scrape to meet or exceed attributes in the reed description. 

Designed for for players with at least 18 months experience looking for a less taxing playing experience than from reeds within my Professional Collection.

Construction/Scrape:

  • Cane: Medium to medium hard/regular density oboe cane that promotes somewhat more structure than our student models.  Generally, this is drawn from our prized Rouche oboe cane (with substitutions at reed maker discretion). Staple: Easy glide 47 mm staple or professional Chiarugi staple 47mm 2+ (with a small surcharge) to manage aperture size and achieve greater focus.  Shape: Mack++ or similar. Blank Length: 73 mm. Finished Reed Length: 69.75-70 mm.

  • Signature American long scrape.  100% hand scraped and hybrid scrape options. Moderately defined tip. Heart .40-.42 in thickness.  Moderate windows, defined heart/back with catch. Moderate spine, modified at base of reed to reduce internal dimensions and bring up pitch. Intermediate level response. Every reed gets dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to certification and shipment.  

Finishing Touches:

  • Tested in two rooms replicating the embouchure of the player I expect to purchase it, not necessarily my own.  
  • Reed prep instructions are included.
  • Light application of Vaseline to moisturize cork. 
  • Covid sanitized. 
  • Reeds are guaranteed against cracks and leaks or other defects with a refund or replace remedy.  They are otherwise not returnable.

    Best Intermediate Oboe Reeds For Players Seeking A Warm Tone And Supple Response- Handmade

    First Chair Intermediate Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and 100% hand scraped. They are designed to help developing seeking a beautiful tone with a supple response.  I match staple size; cane brand, size, gouge and shape; blank construction; and scrape to meet or exceed attributes in the reed description. 

    Designed for for players with at least 18 months experience looking for a less taxing playing experience than from reeds within my Professional Collection.

    Construction/Scrape:

    • Cane: Medium to medium hard/regular density oboe cane that promotes somewhat more structure than our student models.  Generally, this is drawn from our prized Rouche oboe cane (with substitutions at reed maker discretion). Staple: Easy glide 47 mm staple or professional Chiarugi staple 47mm 2+ (with a small surcharge) to manage aperture size and achieve greater focus.  Shape: Mack++ or similar. Blank Length: 73 mm. Finished Reed Length: 69.75-70 mm.

    • Signature American long scrape.  100% hand scraped and hybrid scrape options. Moderately defined tip. Heart .40-.42 in thickness.  Moderate windows, defined heart/back with catch. Moderate spine, modified at base of reed to reduce internal dimensions and bring up pitch. Intermediate level response. Every reed gets dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to certification and shipment.  

    Finishing Touches:

    • Tested in two rooms replicating the embouchure of the player I expect to purchase it, not necessarily my own.  
    • Reed prep instructions are included.
    • Light application of Vaseline to moisturize cork. 
    • Covid sanitized. 
    • Reeds are guaranteed against cracks and leaks or other defects with a refund or replace remedy.  They are otherwise not returnable.