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Oboe Reeds

The oboe in its modern form has a history going back more than 250 years - and its ancestors go even further than that. Through all those centuries, as much as the instrument has changed and evolved, there's one fact that's always applied: it takes a great reed to get a great performance out of your oboe. Fortunately, you've come to the right place for that. As a double reed player, you have the option of choosing a ready-made reed or even making your own from scratch, and no matter which way you decide to go, there's sure to be something here of interest to you. So go ahead and take a look - your next acoustic overhaul can be as simple as fitting one of the oboe reeds found here.

If you're a beginner, or perhaps an experienced player looking for spare reeds that come out of the box ready to play, you'll probably want to check out the pre-made reeds first. There are top sellers here from a few makers, including the Jones Oboe Reed, Marlin Lesher Pro Series Oboe Reed and Andreas Eastman Oboe Reeds. All are fine choices, delivering well-rounded performance designed to suit the vast majority of players. When you want a reed in a pinch, there's no better way to go.

Of course, once you're playing at the advanced and professional levels, chances are high that you'd prefer to make your own reeds to achieve a highly personalized feel and sound. The first step is to start out with the right material, and the Rigotti Oboe Cane in this section is just that. Available in gouged, gouged and shaped, or bulk tube varieties, it's the perfect canvas for the art of oboe reed-making. Rigotti hand-picks its cane for consistency and playability, so you can always count on a good piece.

How hands-on do you want to be with your reeds? Opt for the Jones, Marlin Lesher or Andreas pieces and leave the tricky work up to the pros, or dive right in yourself with Rigotti Oboe Cane to carve your own reeds by hand - the choice is yours. Either way, the important thing is that you're ending up with the right reed for your instrument, playing style and personal tastes. Satisfy those criteria, and your instrument's best sound is definitely within your reach.