High Altitude Reeds
Made at 7,500 feet in Durango, Colorado, all reeds are adjusted by oboist and double reed instructor, Khara Wolf. With over 15 years of high altitude reed making experience, these reeds will offer a proper opening, stability, pitch, and response at these difficult elevations
A Note On Materials Used For My Personal Oboe Reeds
The oboe reeds I make for myself are hand gouged using a custom RDG 10 mm blade/bed gouger with the center measuring 57-59 and the sides about 47. Cane selection comes from first available medium-hard cane and measures 9.5-10 mm in diameter. The finished length is around 68 mm with a heart length of about 5 mm. I tie my reeds on Stevens, Glotin, or Pisoni 45mm cork staples. Reeds are made on a Mack-Pfeiffer (medium narrow) shaper tip.
You can learn more about high altitude reed making in my article High Altitude Reed Making.
If you are new to reeds, get started with my Reed FAQ article.
Handmade Oboe Reeds
Due to tendonitis and the extensive amount of time required, my handmade oboe reeds are currently unavailable. The following recommendations are where I send my students to buy reeds:
Jennifer Stucki makes an excellent high altitude reed in Boulder, Colorado. Her reeds are perfectly suited for high altitude and the student reed (listed in her Etsy shop), is a professional level reed that will work for all levels. Her reeds can be purchased on her Etsy shop at WoodensingerReedShop.
Mathew Butterfield at MBOboeReeds can accommodate reeds for high altitude. Just leave a note at checkout that indicates that you need something for higher elevation. With this request, Matthew will send a slightly unfinished reed with a larger opening to accommodate the adjustments you’ll need to make at higher elevation.
The medium soft oboe reed by Sandy’s Reeds works wonderfully for all levels at high altitude. These reeds are made at just over 4,000 feet and have very nice openings on medium-hard cane. Depending on your elevation you may need to make some minor adjustments when they arrive. Sandy also offers an English Horn reed that is adjustable for elevation as well.
Handmade Bassoon Reeds
Made in Chandler, AZ, Billy’s Bassoon Reeds offer a great response and flexibility throughout the entire range of the instrument. These reeds offer a slightly wider shape (as compared to the Brundage Reed) that will give the player a little more reed to play on. If you are living above 5,000 feet and are not comfortable doing your own adjustments, you may ask Billy to adjust your reed for the altitude in the comments at check out.
The Brundage Pro Bassoon Reed is a slightly more narrow then Billy’s reed and will not need any adjustments at high or low altitude. The Brundage reed is easy to play on and highly recommended for all levels.
Reeds will always be adjusted in the first 5-15 minutes of your private lesson. If you are not currently taking lessons and would like a reed adjustment on one of your own reeds, I offer reed adjustment lessons starting at $30 for a 30 minute slot. If you’d like to schedule a longer adjustment lesson the rates are based on my hourly rate of $60/hour.
*Important Note: It is the nature of reeds to change over the course of the reeds life, sometimes stiffening up as it gets broken in and unstable as it breaks down. Other condition, such as weather changes or tip damage may affect the reed. Reeds will be adjusted as needed in a lesson, however replacements will only be made if the damage is due to something structurally wrong with the reed or cane.