What should i do to make my oboe reeds not flat(in pitch)?
I’m a young oboist, you could say I am a freshman in high school. I have constant problems with my oboe reeds always being flat, and my band teacher is always saying I should fix them. What does he know!!! Anyways, I don’t know if you can physically fix a flat oboe reed, but if you can, I would like to know how.
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I have already buying new ones, and they are like 15 dollors!!!

Answer here.

Some things about this really made me smile, like the “you could say …” line … but really, what to do for these poor oboists who must not be able to get a private instructor.

The first answer was pretty funny:

You can try getting a new reed. I think its sold in music classes. And maybe its around th the price of a clarinet reed.


  1. PS I’ve had problems with flat reeds as well, and these have been from very good reed makers (purchasing to try out for my students, although I’ll happily purchase reeds myself and never make another!). It’s been suggested that my near sea level location means that reeds made at higher elevations will be lower in pitch.

  2. That first answer was funny! I posted an answer giving Martin Schuring’s webpage on reed adjusting: http://www.public.asu.edu/~schuring/Oboe/Reedguide.html I’ve tried his suggestions for bringing the pitch up on a reed and it works on some reeds but not all.

  3. Ooh, great thing to do, Janet! I’m glad your brain is working. MINE is most definitely on holiday this week!

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