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.
Please see the current estimated wait time on the right-hand side of the homepage www.alakotareeds.com.