Handmade Intermediate Oboe Reed

Handmade Intermediate Oboe Reed
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One handmade intermediate level reed is shaped on a nagamtsu shaper tip, from an Innoledy gouge. The reed tied on a 47mm msa oboe staple and measures a total of 70-71mm. This reed is great for advanced middle school students to intermediate high school students. The reed is easy to play but still has a warm and rich sound. All reeds i personally play-check for intonation, response, and excellent tone. My first priority in reed making is to make the reed responsive and easy to play on, even in my professional level reeds. Secondly i ensure that each reed consistently plays in tune at 440. i am very careful to check the octaves in the upper register so the reed does not require pinching or biting to play in tune. Once these two elements are present, a beautiful, warm, full sound always emerges. My reeds are superior because i am a band director. i have seen what works and what doesn’t with beginning oboe students and advanced students. Before i began teaching in a school district, i only sold my reeds to my oboe students. Then i was able to fix a reed whenever a student was struggling with it. But now that i am directing a band program of over 250 students, i don’t have time to adjust reeds every time i see my student. i have a very accurate picture of a student needs from their reed. i ensure that it is complete and ready to play!

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