First Chair Intermediate Oboe Reeds

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Best Quality Oboe Reeds- Intermediate To Advanced. Premium Rouche Cane (M-MH/Regular Density). All-Weather.

First Chair Intermediate Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch. Designed for players seeking a reed with medium resistance and a beautiful tone. Made with Rouche Oboe Cane, which is capable of extraordinary results for this level. Aperture size is moderate, making reeds more accessible to those without fully developed production systems. Best for for players with at least 18 months experience.


Oboe Cane: Cane is drawn from premium Rouche cane inventories. Cane strength is medium to medium hard with a regular higher density. Diameters are 10.5 and 11 with extra sort for somewhat  larger size apertures within the batch. Gouge: Kunibert gouge @.60/.45 (small adjustments for cane density and  seasonality). Shape: Mack++ or similar.

Staple: Professional Chiarugi staple 47mm 2+ 

Blank Tie Length: 72 - 72.5 mm.

Finished Reed Length: @ 69.5-70 mm.

Signature American long scrape.  Customized scrape. Moderately defined tip. Heart 40-.42 in thickness.  Moderate windows, defined heart/back with catch. Moderate spine. Professional level response. 

Finishing Touches:  

  • Dozens of micro adjustments prior to certification and ship. 
  • Tested on Howarth XL Oboe.
  • Reed prep instructions are included.
  • Light application of Vaseline to moisturize cork. Covid sanitized (repeat at home).
  • Reeds are guaranteed against cracks and leaks that impact play with a refund or replace remedy.