With a long and rich history that dates back to 1657, the oboe is a beautiful woodwind instrument that is still very commonly found in orchestras throughout the world. Like all double reed instruments, the craftsmanship of the oboes reed plays an essential role in the playability, tone, and dynamic variation of the instrument.
Before choosing an oboe reed, it should be noted that there are three different types: soft, medium and hard. For beginners, a softer reed is recommended until their lungs build up enough strength to play through a medium or hard reed. Of course, more experienced players may prefer a harder reed since they consist of more-controlled sounds. In the end however, the type of reed you choose will really come down to your own playing style and tastes. And within this catalog of options, you'll find oboe reeds from all the biggest brand names, including Jones, Marlin, Rigotti, and Stuart Dunkel.
One of the best-selling oboe reeds comes courtesy of Marlin Lesher. Beautifully cut and wound, Marlin Lesher oboe reeds produce a superb tone at a more than affordable price. Another popular choice is he Stradella oboe reed. The result of a handmade design that has been honed for over 40 years, Stradella oboe reeds are astoundingly consistent reeds, and although they are made specifically for students, these reeds also have a reputation for exceeding the expectations of the most meticulous professional players.
The oboe is a rewarding and challenging instrument to learn, it's only fair to players of all skill levels that its reed is manufactured by experts. After all, any student who takes the time to learn a double reed instrument deserves the opportunity to play through equipment that's capable of making their greatest potential fully realized. The oboe takes dedication to master, but the journey is also highly enjoyable. And thankfully, you'll find no shortage of exceptionally crafted oboe reeds to choose from, right here in this section.