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First Chair Intermediate Oboe Reed- Handmade

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First Chair Intermediate Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and 100% hand scraped. They are designed to help developing students play their best with somewhat less effort. They have a beautiful tone, a supple response and are well balanced for pitch and stability. 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 junior high, high school, and older college/adult amateurs who prefer a reed that is less taxing. Players with at lease 18 months experience with the ability to manage more resistance than the student model will enjoy this reed the most.


  • Made with reed maker choice of Rouche (turquoise string) or Magic Reed Select (red string) oboe cane as conditions warrant.
  • Paired with a Chiarugi professional 47 mm 2+ staple to achieve a slimline design.  This reduces aperture size for gentler playing experience.
  • Signature American long scrape. 
  • Every reed receives dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to assignment and shipment.
  • My goal is always to meet/exceed my strict quality standards for every reed I make- without compromise.

Finishing Touches:

  • Tested in two rooms with and without carpet on a Loree 125 oboe.  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.
  • Reed prep instructions are included.
  • Light application of Vaseline to moisturize cork. 
  • Covid sanitized. 
  • Oboe Reeds are not returnable except for structural defects that impact reed function.