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Moon River Elite Professional Oboe Reeds

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  • Moon River Professional Oboe Reeds are handmade from scratch and 100% hand scraped to sound best. They are custom designed for players who prefer playing on harder cane with extra choices in diameter.  My 10.5 diameter option is a favorite with players from West Texas and other drier southwestern climates.  These are my very best reeds with extra nuance and quality sorts.

  • Made with Vic oboe cane (purple thread) in a medium hard strength and regular density.  This cane is gorgeous.  It has a hard shell and a buttery interior. Cane is sorted by size (10.5, 10.5-10.75 and 10.75-11) for better aperture size predictability.

  •  Cane is mounted on a Chiarugi 47 mm 2 staple. This combination increases aperture size which offsets the anticipated shrinkage that comes from dry climates.

  • American long scrape.

  • Every reed gets dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests prior to certification and shipment.
  • While these reeds are designed to be ready to play, some may need a small  adjustment to modify the size of the reed opening.
  • Designed for advanced to expert players with well developed  to fully developed production systems.


Finishing Touches:

  • No two reeds are ever exactly the same, and in multiple reed orders one will always be best.  
  • 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. 
  • Reeds are guaranteed against cracks and leaks or other defects with a refund or replace remedy.  They are otherwise not returnable.


Moon River is a metaphor of yearning for the unpredictable eddies of an adventurous life, to be swept along by the currents to somewhere new: “Wherever you're going, I'm going your way.”