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First Chair Student Oboe Reed

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First Chair Student Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and 100% hand scraped. They are designed to help beginners and other early learners play their best with somewhat less effort. My goal is to have them compensate for an embouchure that is not fully functioning. 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 for players with at least 12 months of experience who want to sound their best while learning their ABC's of music. Private study with a professional oboe teacher is recommended.


  • Made with reed maker's choice of Rouche or Magic Reed Select oboe cane as conditions warrant. They have similar strengths and densities. Paired with professional Chiarugi staple in the right size to promote moderate apertures and playability.
  • Finished with my signature American scrape. Every reed receives dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to shipment.

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.  They are inspected for defects that impact play and certified at or above grade level prior to shipping.
  • Reed prep instructions are included.
  • Light application of Vaseline to moisturize cork. 
  • Covid sanitized.