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Oboe Reeds

As an oboist reeds dominate your life; determining your sound, ease of response & tuning. This is why we handpick the best reeds for oboe in the UK and even from around the globe for you to play. If you need any help just drop one of our oboe experts a line or glance at our Q&A's at the bottom of this page!
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    Student Oboe Reed by Crook & Staple (Medium Soft)

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    Crook and Staple's student oboe reed is a great value medium soft oboe reed ideal for beginners. You will find it easy to play due to it's medium-...

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    Intermediate Oboe Reed by C&S *NEW*

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    The Intermediate Oboe reeds by C&S are available in either a Medium/Soft or Medium strength. They are designed for players who are beginner/int...

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    Winfield Standard Oboe Reed

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    Winfield Standard Oboe Reeds are available in a 'Medium Soft', 'Medium', or 'Medium Hard' strengths. These reeds use green thread and a 'u' scrape....

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    Winfield Continental Oboe Reed (Medium)

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    Experience the balanced versatility of the Winfield Continental Oboe Reed, designed to enhance your performance in any setting. Crafted with preci...

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    Reed Water Pot & Holder (Magnetic!) - Water Pot

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    Never worry about being unprepared for rehearsal or performance again! The immensely popular & now improved Magnetic Reed Water Cup & Holde...

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    Academy Oboe Reed by Crook & Staple

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    Crook and Staple's academy oboe reed is an excellent value oboe reed which is ideal for grade 2-5 oboists. You will find it easy to play due to its...

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    Dorado Oboe Reed by Crook & Staple

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    The Dorado Oboe Reed by Crook & Staple is made from the highest quality Spanish oboe cane which product the reeds with a warm but responsive so...

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    KGE Standard Oboe Reed (Medium)

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    This standard KGE oboe reed is an all-rounder which favors most playing situations. The oboe reeds are made in the China, held together with a bras...

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    KGE Professional US Oboe Reed

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    This US professional KGE oboe reed is an all-rounder which favors most playing situations. The scrape is a 'US' long scrape which is mainly favored...

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    Water Bottle (with cup to soak reeds!) - Dishwasher safe

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    BPA Free  ~  Dishwasher & Freezer Safe  ~  Lid Doubles as Reed Water Cup This 400ml bottle is a great size for carrying to rehearsals - not so ...

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    Professional Winfield Oboe Reed - Brass Staple

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    Handcrafted in the UK by Winfield, this professional oboe reed delivers an exceptional playing experience in all environments. As with all Winfield...

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    Professional Oboe Reed by Crook & Staple

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    The Crook & Staple's Professional Oboe Reed is the 'creme de la creme' of oboe reeds - responsive and flexible with a warm singing tone. It is ...

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    KGE Professional German Oboe Reed (Medium)

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    This KGE Professional German oboe reed is an all-rounder with a very Germanic full sound. The oboe reeds are made in the China, held together with ...

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    Winfield Professional Oboe Reed - Gold Staple (Medium)

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    This Winfield professional gold oboe reed is an all-rounder which favours most playing situations. The oboe reeds are made in the UK, held together...

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    Oboe Reed Blank by Crook & Staple

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    A semi-finished oboe reed waiting for you to scrape it to suit your playing style. Perfect for those busy players who don't have the time to go thr...

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    Oboe Reed Blank by KGE

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    KGE blank oboe reed.  A semi-finished KGE oboe reed waiting for you to scrape it to suit your playing style and instrument set up. These semi finis...

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FAQs

We offer an extensive range of oboe reeds catering to different skill levels - beginner, intermediate, and professional. Our reeds are crafted to cater to a variety of playing styles and musical genres ensuring a versatile selection for all oboists. Generally as the reeds become more expensive they are aimed at a higher level of oboist.

The lifespan of an oboe reed largely depends on how often it's played and looked after, but on average, a reed should be replaced every 3-6 weeks with regular playing. However, if you notice a decline in sound quality, responsiveness or the reed has chunks missing / is damaged, it might be time for a replacement regardless of the time frame. If an oboe reed has visible mould on it (black or darkened areas) you should immediately stop using it as ingesting this can cause illness.

It's best to store oboe reeds in a dedicated reed case that holds them securely to prevent damage, and allows for air circulation to keep them dry. Storing them in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight will also prolong their longevity. Here are some tips to avoid mouldy oboe reeds and enhance how long they last.

Yes, oboe reeds can be adjusted to better suit your playing preferences. With the appropriate reed making tools, adjustments can be made to the tip opening, spine, or heart of the reed to alter the resistance and tone. Have a look at our free oboe reed adjusting guide.

Our oboe reeds are meticulously crafted by highly experienced reed makers. Each reed goes through a thorough quality control process to ensure consistent playability, response, and tone quality. They are used by oboists of all standards, including in professional orchestras, across the world.

Our oboe reeds are crafted from high-quality Arundo Donax cane, known for its excellent vibrational qualities and longevity, ensuring a reliable performance through the life of the reed.

Choosing the right strength reed is a nuanced decision that depends on your skill level, embouchure strength, and personal playing style. Beginners may find softer reeds easier to play, while advanced players might opt for medium reeds for more control and a fuller sound. We sell some reeds in multiple strengths, take a look at the product page. If you are a student we would suggest our student oboe reeds.

We have tried many plastic reeds, from the cheapest to the most expensive. Unfortunately, we have found the cheaper reeds to be terrible and the most expensive, whilst they sometimes can sound a play faily well, to be lacking in tone and very inconsistent (which can mean a lot of money wasted!). At one time we did offer some of the expensive options however the resounding customer response was overall negative and for this reason we do not recommend them at this time.