Listed below are several tests to evaluate the quality of a reed. How do you balance it? If your reed is too resistant or stuffy but you want to keep the tone, scrape using a specialist sharp oboe reed knife at the top of the gulley’s towards the edge of the reed & then in the gulley’s from the bottom of the scrape. This interaction is, of course, a balance that will continually change as the player progresses and matures. If it’s too big, gently close the blades between your fingers. Home › Forums › Reeds › The Oboe Reed Room › Top of oboe reed will not close This topic has 10 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated 9 years, 4 months ago by Andrew R. Nogal. The tip on the oboe reed is the most important part of the reed and certainly the most difficult to perfect, but this method will make it a lot easier. Did you scroll all this way to get facts about oboe reed case? Also, I would like to know what is the difference between wired and non-wired oboe reeds. This is essential since the tip is the thinnest part of the reed and thereby the most easily controlled. Oboe Reed Making Tools. I often prefer if the reed does not hold the plaque until the top of the heart because this gives me a little more flexibility in tone. Cover the hole in the tube end of the reed with a finger and suck on the reed as if it were a straw. Instead, when looking at the top blade, it will be shifted, making a tiny bit of the bottom blade exposed. The most common oboe reed case material is ceramic. Oboe Reeds’ Resistance. Reed Knives & Files. Helping you improve your oboe playing with Dr. Sarah Hamilton, 1. If the reed is too hard too open too closed 1. An opening is too closed if it is virtually flat even after soaking, and too open if it is nearly round rather than oval. We were the very 1st oboe reed company to offer online sales. Oboe reeds with loose sides is one of the most important things to avoid when making oboe reeds. The sides of the reed should hold tightly together all the way to the tip. He has been … Sometimes reeds will have loose sides when they are dry but will actually correct themselves after being soaked in warm water. For each player, the reed should feel (and sound) easy. Reeds with loose sides will cause instability in pitch and response, which will make controlling the oboe while performing very difficult. The oboe is a woodwind instrument that sounds beautiful when played as part of an orchestra, or even on its own as a solo. There will be plenty of vibrations, but the reed will be wild, noisy and likely unstable. REED . This means that the two blades of the reed are not lined up directly on top of one another. These tests are also helpful in determining what to do to fix a reed. Reed making is an art, not a science. Reeds with loose sides will cause instability in pitch and response, which will make controlling the oboe while performing very difficult. Gary Armstrong works on an oboe in his Queen St. W. Store. For 20 years we have been the innovators in convenience, customer service, and superior oboe reeds, english horn reeds, cane, and reed making products. Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total) Author Put the entire reed up to the thread in the mouth and puff into reed. Recently I bought a non-wired oboe reed (wired ones were out of stock) and now i don't know which side to use...There's one side which has the words "medium hard" printed on the cork and one side which does not. Marlin Lesher Oboe Reed Medium. If the heart is too thin, it has the effect of making the tip longer. Cane that is not straight in one or more dimensions will not allow the sides to come together tightly. Never work on a dry reed – it will likely crack. The curve of your cane should resemble the curve in the radius gauge on both sides of the cane. After you are done shaping a piece of cane, remove the ears immediately and go on to tying the reed. 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