Dr Downing's

Oboist's Reed Doctor

How to get the best from your reeds.

Oboe reeds are made from natural cane and every reed, no matter how carefully made, is unique.

No two reeds will be exactly alike, but don't despair - with a few simple tools,

patience and practice, you can vastly improve your reed's performance.

Pages of good clear illustrations help you to get it right immediately.

Oboe reed adjusting Click on picture to see sample page.

We don't show you how to make an oboe reed - just how to make it work for you.

Are any of your oboe reed problems 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.

The author, Dr Sandra Downing, is an expert bassoon and oboe reed maker. Her brilliant little pocket book covers scraping techniques; adding adjusting wires and reed health.

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."

Because you want to enjoy your playing, click the book now.

Oboe Reed Doctor - make your oboe reeds work.



How about making oboe reeds? Its easy!


Oboe Fingering problems? Oboe fingering chart

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