One must be able to play oboe to make oboe reeds. Really! You just have to. Because I said so. 😉

So this article is somewhat disturbing. But it does explain why I can’t recommend a certain brand of reed!

Now I have to admit I also can’t play on reeds made by certain oboe players. I, for instance, have not been able to use the reeds by the person who has posted this article at his site. Go figure.

Sometimes I wonder if it’s just MY problem; if I play on such odd reeds I can’t manage to use anyone else’s.


  1. Sorry you can’t play on those reeds. Why don’t you send them back, shape up the pieces, and send me one of your reeds so I can try again! I want to help you out.

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Hey Cooper … I wasn’t even thinking of your reeds when I wrote that! Sorry!

    I STILL haven’t had enough free time to really give them a good go. I’m hoping next week will be better. Life is just too crazy right now. Soon … really!