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Reed Monkey Intermediate Oboe Reeds

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  • Reed Monkey Intermediate Oboe Reeds are made from scratch in our shop and feature a streamline construction/hybrid scrape that promotes playability, warmth and consistency.  They are no fuss reeds that rarely need post ship adjustment except to lighten them to personal preference.
  • These are the best oboe reeds for intermediate players with 12+ months experience. I recommend that aspiring students begin to periodically test this reed after one 1 year of experience.  When an improvement in tone is detected and the embouchure has strengthened enough to manage a reed with more resistance, it is time to trade up.  


  • I use a custom made Headstart Reed that features a light profile that promotes consistency across time without sacrificing any of my goals for the reed. (Sample of Headstart Reed is second image).
  • I draw from my best medium hard cane that is uniquely capable of benefiting from the profiling.  This is generally my choice of Medir or Innoledy Var.  I select 10.75-11 diameter cane to moderate aperture.
  • Professional Chiarugi 47 mm staple.
  • Signature American long scrape.
  • Every reed is finished with my signature American long scrape and receives dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to shipment.
  • Made through a nuanced process that supports the optimum function of the four pillars of the oboe reed: stability, pitch, tone and response. 

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.