My A.Lakota student oboe reed is designed to be slightly more durable than the professional reeds. This is done by keeping the tip slightly thicker and making the heart slightly thinner than other reeds. I find this to make the tips last a little longer without getting frayed. My own beginning students often come into lessons with their oboe reed tips frayed and missing corners so I have been looking for a solution to this for the past few years. It is often hard for young students to take good care of their oboe reeds, and I find a slightly thicker tip than a professional oboe reed helps this.
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 1-3 years of playing.
The SOAKED oboe reed will usually 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.