We don't show you how to make an oboe reed - just how to make it work for you.
Is your oboe reed problem here?
1. The bottom notes are unresponsive and difficult to play quietly.
2. The middle register is unclear or "stuffy".
3. Tonguing and staccato are poor or difficult. Tone in upper register is generally a little fuzzy.
4. Notes in the top octave are "fuzzy" or unresponsive.
5. The tone is too "dark" or heavy throughout all registers.
6. Too much cane has been removed from the heart of the blade and the tone is too thin.
To wire or not to wire?
Adjusting the tip opening by using wire.
This brilliant little pocket book also covers scraping techniques; adding adjusting wires and reed health.
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British Double Reed Society reviewer Graham Salter says of the Oboist's Reed Doctor: ".....Any pamphlet which encourages young players to think about the quality of their reeds is doing a good job. Clear line drawings present one simple thought per page."
Dear Dr. Downing,
The package arrived yesterday. Thank you for the very quick service. I
am looking forward to putting "Making Oboe Reeds Is Easy" into practice.
I have had your "The Oboist's Reed Doctor" for some time and have found
it most helpful.
Thank you again,