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A.Lakota Student oboe reeds

5 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


A.Lakota student oboe reeds provide a much better alternative to the traditional mass produced reeds. A.Lakota student reeds provide much better tone, intonation and response at the same price as reeds available in the music shops.

Student oboe reeds are made over the course of 2-3 days. This is less time  than the professional level reeds. I take more cane off the reeds initially, especially in the heart. I spend less time defining and balancing the very tip with the rest of the reed. The windows and spine tend to be less defined as well due to less balancing.

These reeds are made from the same high-quality materials as all other A.Lakota reeds, but with fewer drying and soaking sessions. I also tend to make student oboe reeds with the softer cane that I acquire.

All oboe reeds are fragile no matter how they are made. Please see my page on oboe reed care for more information about how to prolong the life of your student’s oboe reeds 


Product Description

My A.Lakota student oboe reed is designed to be slightly less resistant than the professional reeds.  This is done  by keeping the tip slightly thicker and making the heart slightly thinner than other reeds I make. To keep the reed from being too resistant I take a little more cane from the heart and leave the back slightly thicker to compensate for pitch. The result leaves a fine working reed but not quite as refined as other oboe reeds I make.

These student oboe reeds use the same gouge and materials as other reeds I make. I am currently experimenting with oboe reed shape dimensions to find a great alternative to other student reeds on the market. I am constantly testing ideas on my own beginning students to find the best student oboe reeds for those players in their first few years on the instrument.

These student oboe reeds work best with students in their first 1-3  years of playing.

The SOAKED oboe reed may benefit from being squeezed shut for 30-45 seconds for the first few playing sessions. Please read my articles on Oboe Reed Soaking, and Adjusting Flat oboe reeds for more information about this.

Please be sure to read about How To Care for Your Oboe Reeds if you or your oboist are new to the instrument, or do not have a private teacher.

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Additional Information


Soft, Medium

5 reviews for A.Lakota Student oboe reeds

  1. 5 out of 5


    I refer all of my students to buy their reeds from Aaron. I rarely have to do any minor adjustments to his reeds in order for my students to be able to play on them. Each reed has a full, round sound that allows my students to play in tune and with well supported air while producing a good tone.

  2. 5 out of 5


    If you are considering purchasing some of Aaron’s reeds, let me tell you that you won’t be disappointed. I have tried both the student and professional models, and they both work great — I have been playing oboe for about 10 years, and these are some of the best reeds I have played on. They are also priced reasonably at $14 for students. You can also expect a lot of consistency from these reeds — I have ordered about 10 reeds so far and they all played roughly the same out of the box. The bottom line is that I highly recommend these reeds because they consistently work well, and they are priced reasonably.

  3. 5 out of 5


    We just received these reeds, my daughter has been playing for 4 weeks, and I can already notice a change in her tone. She isn’t flat anymore! Thank you and we will be purchasing again soon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    We bought a couple student oboe reeds for my daughter last year and they worked great. One is still usable, but it’s time to replace! Ok, past time.
    Aaron, I think you charge too little. The cheapest manufactured one I could find in store was $13! $15 for handmade reeds is a steal!

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    We had a small problem with shipping and quality of a reed and Aaron sent us a very nice letter and took care of the problem as soon as we notified him. I wouldn’t hesitate to continue using Aaron for my daughter’s oboe reeds not only for the quality but because of the customer service and communication we had with him. Thank you, very much, for your attention to customers!

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