First Chair Professional Oboe Reeds

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

First Chair Professional Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch. Reeds have a beautiful tone, medium resistance and are well balanced for pitch and stability. They are made with my 2019 Rouche (M-MH/regular density) cane inventory. This cane is so good and so scarce that it is no longer available in tube form from the grower. Cane and reeds go through continuous quality sorts, including for somewhat larger aperture size. Pro reeds need this extra room to receive the nuanced scape necessary for the the result that accomplished players seek. 

Professional and Elite models. Elite models offer extra nuance and an additional quality sort. Individual results may vary.


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 42-.43 in thickness.  Moderate windows, defined heart/back with catch. Moderate spine. Professional level tone and 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.