Re: Beginner Oboe Reeds
Posted by Dude on 8/29/2021, 2:06 pm, in reply to "Beginner Oboe Reeds"
They are expensive. No doubt. |
I'd still be pretty leery of starting your students on poor or bargain reeds. With oboe playing, about 80% of a student's success is in the reed -- quality, management, rotation, working on them, etc.
Jones, Lesher, Emerald, Richards, Singin' Dog, Bocal Majority, etc... These name brands are the ones you want to stick with. I'm sure there are other quality ones by smaller companies, but these have stayed relevant in the market place for a reason.
One option you might want to explore, though, is FAXX reeds. These are actually made by a "name brand" manufacturer but are rebranded with the FAXX name. The price is kept low (I'm seeing them for $10.99) because of bulk purchases from said company. They are a very good reed, but are marketed to students or teachers who need something on the cheap.
The synthetic reeds have not yet caught up to the quality of clarinet and saxophone reeds, so that's not an option from any oboe player that I've talked to about it. (Even the synthetic bassoon reeds are getting closer. Exciting!)
And of course, you can still break a synthetic reed, so that's another reason we start ALL of our beginner reeds on wooden reeds. (We switch them to Legere in year 2 once they have demonstrated proper care for the reed.)