If it’s still too open, gently squeeze the sides of the string with pliers. D. Reed Problem: 1. An “easy” reed (or beginning/student/soft reed) is almost always scraped too thin, making the vibrations easier to achieve without much air support. a. We’ve noticed the quality of pretty much all the European cane (Rigotti, Loree, Pisoni, Alliaud, Glotin) all be pretty bad in the last year. Sides of the reed not closed from born again oboe The sides should press tightly together along the entire length of the reed. Pitch (sharp or flat or change depending on note) 4. Martin. As a result, my reeds are basically unplayable, being that they require a great amount of air and are always flat. However, after letting my reeds sit for a few hours, they all seem to go back to that same archetype: horrifyingly open and low-crowing. The reed vibrates hundreds of times a second and a week grain in the cane can be convinced to come apart by these undulating waves through the material. I hadn’t encountered consistent trouble with big tip openings until perhaps a year and a half ago. Is the cane warped? This will  eventually make the reed too hard to play as the response and tone will be compromised and a new one should be used instead. I know that many, many reeds pass through the shop, so I trust your colleague’s generalization. Keeping your reeds in a reed case and not in the plastic tube or coffin it came it will help as well. How to tell if your oboe reed is broken or needs replacing. While each player has personal preferences for reed opening, a medium opening from cane with a 9.75-10.5mm diameter is generally accepted. If you tie too short, the string will pinch the sides of the cane before the metal of the staple picks up the tension. A thin and sloped tip allow the reed to give a warm sound with easy response. Ideally, the sides should close with the string still one wind below the top of the tube. How to Balance an Oboe Reed. I hate having to scrape all the “guts” out of a reed just to close down the opening, and I also hate having to clamp down on a reed with my embouchure. Take a couple scrapes out of each side of the heart and tip. The result is that the blades are pulled counterclockwise over time slowly collapsing the opening of the reed. While single reed players may replace their reeds every few days. 3. Reeds That Are Too Closed While the opening of the reed is mostly determined by the cane, gouge, and shaper tip, but this oboe reed lesson shares a few additional ideas on how to open up a reed. – pulling too hard on the wrap thread while you’re tying the blank. Singin’ Dog is a well-known maker of oboe reeds, and this particular reed is entirely handmade. Try tying longer onto the staple to the point where the cane just closes on each side at the last wrap before crossover. I KNOW how to break in a reed, except this one seems waaaayy too open. Flatten chin and point it down . Thanks to everyone for the comments! As always keep a few reeds broken in and in rotation. However, adjusting your oboe reeds to resolve this is not too complex. Keep the cane well moistened throughout this process. It seems like this might weaken the opening, too, to give you a fighting chance of having tighter sides. Trent, you bring up an interesting point. C. Corners of the mouth are turned up (in a smile) 1. Whenever I play oboe, it's kind of like a "gamble." Just keep the caliper set at the staple length. Reeds are not meant to last forever and by keeping a rotation of reeds in your reed case you can sound your best. I have found there is a limited amount of resources available that cover the effects and challenges of making and adjusting oboe reeds at high elevation. Possible Cause: Either the reed is too closed (and likely old), and/or the embouchure is too tight. Turn corners of mouth down . If the opening is too closed, the reed may be too soft, produce a weak flabby tone or the pitch may be too high. Solution : Get a new reed. Flatten chin and point it down . I also experimented with letting the blank sit for a little while before clipping it rather than clipping immediately after tying and scraping. 2. If it’s too big, gently close the blades between your fingers. My teacher was simultaneously tying a reed using the same music stand. Hi Laura — This can be maddening and the source of the problem difficult to track down, as you are finding. I have other strategies for getting the most life from your reeds in an article I wrote which you can read by clicking here. Oboists may keep a reed for a while so it is worth monitoring the wear and tear on your reed so you know when it’s time to say goodbye. For an oboe reed to work at it's best (vibrate at its optimum level) it needs the be correctly balanced; the reed should have the same thickness of cane on both front and back blades and on each half of both blades (see diagram, left).. Check the opening of the reed. 2. I tend to scrape the corners of the tip before setting the blank aside. I speak about this more in the article oboe reed intonation introduction. Place the pencil mark at the top of your staple (oval)/mandrel & wind to just below the mark; the caliper will ensure you don’t go over this mark. How to Fix a Flat Oboe Reed Jones Double Reed … If reed is hard to play, pinch where the string meets the reed. Then in my lesson I ended up tying a reed, using a music stand as an anchor. These are just a few of the variables you might consider: This is sometimes referred to as “breaking in the reed” when the reed is new and is a natural part of the lifecycle of the reed. These online oboe lessons are for Premium Reed Maker and Premium Reed … Oboe, like any double reed, is a tough beast. What should I do if the reed seems too hard? However the environment of the reed can allow some germs to proliferate beyond the point of control. The opening may be too closed, in which case there are no good adjustments that would help. Oboe reeds that are too open will normally be flat and while it is largely determined by everything you do before tying a reed, here are a few strategies to help your reed making. I have been using the Gilbert gouge and the Lucarelli and Brannen-x shapes. I soak my cane for about 25 minutes before I tie it. The micro trauma of controlling the reed with the embouchure(mouth) will accelerate the process. This problem can sometimes be cured by soaking the reed in hot water or by squishing closed the back of a soaked reed. Some advocate for super glue but I don’t feel comfortable putting such chemical’s in my mouth. IF THE REED TOO FREE: Try clipping the tip of the reed and readjust. What the opening at the tip should look like in a quality reed. Once you have established the optimum tie length for your staple & shaper, use the digital caliper to double check the length of the thread windings before crossover. If it is too large, that can be dealt with easily, and should be okay to purchase. I have been making reeds for about 2 years. The SOAKED oboe reed may benefit from being squeezed shut for 30-45 seconds for the first few playing sessions. If tip is too closed, reed will play sharp and it will be impossible to blow into with adequate breath support. Hi Laura, I know that problems like this one can be extremely frustrating and mysterious. Quality handmade oboe & English horn reeds, tube cane, gouged & shaped cane, oboe music, accessories and more. If the reed is feeling hard and sharp then this indicates that there is too much cane on the reed, try scraping the gullies first - concentrating of the top edges, and then do a light general scrape. I’d love to hear about them. It is very telling who is not practicing at home based on how long their reed is still able to trudge along. Might put you in a slightly different cane quality level too, changing some other variables. Literally everytime I play, I'm always going to start out being either super sharp or super flat. As the tongue attacks the reed and/or it endures other microtraumas from handling or accidental knicks or bumps, the tip of the reed may take on a ragged or frayed appearance. An oboe reed can make or break an oboe's usability and sound. – finished length of the blank; To be honest, it is rare to find a beginner who is able or willing to play the oboe for more than a few hours a week when starting out, so their first one or two reeds last for a while. I have experimented with tying the reeds tightly and loosely, but neither way seemed to make a difference. However, for about the past 6 months I have been experiencing a recurring problem with every single reed that I make. Tying the reed on longer has the opposite effect. Copyright © 1995 - 2020 International Double Reed Society. 3. Some people think this makes a big difference. Often a professional can clip the reed and remake the tip. In reality, through normal use in practice and band class, an oboe reed should only last a couple of weeks. First the thread that is tied around the cane to fasten it to the staple tugs on the cane counter clockwise. If the reed has a wire this is easily changed: Firstly soak the reed briefly then a)If the reed closes up from playing the reed will then feel thin. Home › Forums › Reeds › The Oboe Reed Room › Top of oboe reed will not close This topic has 10 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated 9 years, 4 months ago by Andrew R. Nogal. 1. Gradually increase the air pressure until the reed speaks by itself. If still too hard, scrape a very little amount of reed. Some commercial reeds do not respect this and sometimes leave the tip thick. I do not recommend soaking reeds in your mouth because this promotes bacterial growth which will diminish the life of the reed. By pushing the reed up against the top teeth . The opening of reed will collapse overtime. I tied one reed this week that closed very well. 3. Please reach out to us with any questions about our selection of oboe knives. MEASURING. The angle of the head (too high or too low) (angle of the oboe in the mouth –bring it down) 2. A dark, warm, pleasing oboe sound comes from resistance of the reed, first and foremost. Then, soak it for five minutes before you put it away. Strive to use the embouchure and jaw less for biting and instead the lips more for rolling in, making sure to use consistent air support. I clip my reeds open before I let them dry. From the oboe reed critiques that I offer to all of the reed shipments from our reedmakers. Shave off the ears with your reed knife, scrape both sides of the tip & clip open. The nature of this double reed will make it go out of tune real easy, as you've noticed. 3. I know that there are certain reed-makers who insist on pulling the thread with all their might, but that doesn’t work for me. The oboe is officially one of the most difficult instruments to play. I’m not sure what we can do with this observation. Good luck, If the pitch drops significantly and the cane feels soggy and sluggish to play there is probably a crack. If too closed, open carefully from the sides with the fingers. The closing and opening of the reeds is repeated at an incredible speed. The tip of the reed may become frayed from trauma of tonguing and knicks from the reed case or hands. All Rights Reserved. The instant the reeds close, a sound almost exactly like hands clapping is produced and transmitted to the instrument, where the sound waves reverberate back from the tone holes and the opposite end of the oboe, opening the reeds up again and allowing breath to reenter. The resulting dynamic should be mezzo-piano or very close to it. Oboists, we feel for you: and not just because of the double-reed misery, the duck noises, the … However, since I changed too many variables at once, I wasn’t sure how I made the blank. Tone (does it make a nice sound) 5. – the length of time you’re soaking the cane before tying; By contrast if the reed is too open, the low notes may be raunchy and uncontrollable. Molds will often show up as fruiting bodies or black colonies, while bacteria will often form films along the inside of the reed. Sometimes, these problems can be caused by an accumulation of small errors. The approximative dimensions for this product are 4.2 x 0.6 x 4 inches. For Oboe, look at the tip opening. Turn corners of mouth down . Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total) Author I asked one of my colleagues at work about this, as it’s interesting to me, even as someone that only makes bassoon reeds. Instead, the “shushed” young oboist will bite the (too easy) reed, which will make the pitch soar and close the opening of the reed, which greatly reduces their ability to articulate notes. 2. The tip of the reed is the thinnest part of the reed. That's just a fact of the instrument - a lot of pros will tune to the oboe because there are times when it simply won't go in … How do I crow the reed? Oboe Reedmaking. be a contributing factor to your tip opening woes? My hypothesis is that very soft cane “balloons” open when tied onto the staple while rigid, hard cane would hold its shape and diameter. My last one was always a little bit too closed. I have other strategies for getting the most life from your reeds in an article I wrote which you can read by clicking here. I think at this point I would try anything to make the opening smaller. An oversoaked reed will likely be stiff, too open, and flat. Leaking (air escaping) I have one reed which is brand new--and I think it still needs breaking in. Bethany shows you how to fix an oboe reed that's playing too flat in this quick tip video. A reed that is no longer functional has three key indicators that will reveal if it needs replacing. Soak new reeds in warm water for one minute. The age of the reed required to grow such creatures is a bit longer than recommended simply because of the slippage and collapse described above. Too closed… Each one is thoughtfully put together to help provide you with the best tone possible, and the only use the highest quality Arundo donax cane available to help ensure the best handmade oboe reed. Overall, this is a secure Oboe Reed case, which you can close with sturdy clamshell protection. Sometimes they are so open that they will not even crow, or they just sound like a goose (only one pitch) when I attempt to crow them. Home › Forums › Reeds › The Oboe Reed Room › Top of oboe reed will not close This topic has 10 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated 9 years, 4 months ago by Andrew R. Nogal. A lot of oboe reeds cross my desk every month. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that there’s any way to “scrape out” the traits of a badly tied blank, no matter how good one’s knife technique may be. If they do not, the reed may be unstable and inconsistent. If the reed is feeling hard and sharp then this indicates that there is too much cane on the reed, try scraping the gullies first - concentrating of the top edges, and then do a light general scrape. For tips on making the reeds last longer and getting the most out of your reed check out this article I wrote by clicking here. I used the same cane that I have been using (Brannen X, Gilbert gouge) and tried tying to between 74 and 74.5 mm (I had been tying to 73 mm previously). Skip navigation Sign in. Two tools that would really help & speed things along for you: the Incra bent rule in mm & a digital caliper. Diagnosing Common Oboe Reed Problems. I recommend soaking reeds for between 1-2 minutes in a small cup or shot glass of water. Tie length. Hi Andrew, thanks so much for responding. It sounds like you are already doing this. For tips on making the reeds last longer and getting the most out of your reed check out this article I wrote by clicking here. Mold…enough said…. Make sure the overlap is correct. 2. If the reed is too closed, you will not get much life out of the reed, though will likely open up when soaked. If anyone has been through anything like this with oboe reeds, your input would be greatly appreciated! And how to do it right. Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total). The reed is considered the part of oboe that makes the instrument so difficult because the individual nature of each reed means that it is hard to achieve a consistent sound. The oboe is officially one of the most difficult instruments to play. This leads to sharpness and makes the reed harder to blow through. Never work on a dry reed – it will likely crack. Place the reed in your mouth down to the string and blow. If the reed is too hard too open too closed 1. Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress. What should I do if the reed is too easy? Resistance (too hard or soft) 2. The opening of a reed will collapse overtime so there is a limited window (10-15 hours of playing, or 40 hours or so of not playing) when the reed will have an optimal opening. I tied the reed with MUCH LESS tension than I what I would normally use to tie. Perhaps they last even a few weeks or a couple months. Let sit for another minute.-The opening should be about the height of a Dime. It doesn’t seem to matter whether I gouge and shape the reeds myself or whether I order the cane pre-gouged and shaped. Do you think that letting them dry overnight before clipping them would make them even more open? – the integrity of the fold before shaping, i.e. The result is a loud, quacky oboe reed that is unstable and can easily be overblown. Squeeze gently on the sides. Just a thought, again from someone that doesn’t know two things (I would like to think I know at least one) about actually making oboe reeds. Luckily, this also means that if the reed is a little too open just wait a week or two and it may collapse to a manageable size. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Reed too closed . White or black growths in the reed mean it’s time to order replacements. This can actually be caused by the reed being too open from the start, so the first place to look is how does the reed start out. Work mindfully and remember to isolate only one variable at a time. If I clip off the portion of the tip that has loose sides in an attempt to cut off the loose sides and fix the problem, the sides of the clipped reed then become loose. They will not close no matter how hard I try to squeeze them. click here to go to the shop where I sell handmade reeds. C. Corners of the mouth are turned up (in a smile) 1. Don't try to influence the tone in any way. Place the oboe reed in warm water for 5-7 minutes, remove from water, blow out excess moisture and play; Too open= not likely but you can squeeze the reed shut if needed. In one session, shape the cane, tie it, and scrape it until you have clipped the tip open. ... Find out why Close. Sometimes after I tie the reed, de-bark it and clip the tip, the opening seems normal-sized and the sides seem to close. Demonstration to the right. My colleague is a seasoned oboist and reed maker. The reed may never sound as good but it may be playable for a while longer while a replacement can be ordered. Too closed… There is no remedy. If the reed is too open squeeze the tip closed between the thumb and index finger for 30 seconds Brand new reeds may tend to seem too open at first, and likewise, older reeds might be the ones that collapse on you. Likewise if the reed is too closed—- but in the reverse, of course—- gently squeeze it open from edges of the two blades, only if you’re sure that it’s wet! a. After you have selected the cane for straightness and chopped it to length, lay the piece bark-side down on a flat surface. If it is too loud, the reed will be too hard to play easily; if it is too soft, the reed will feel "limited" and not project well. I have been to a few teachers but the problem has pretty much stumped them. Gently squeeze the reed blades closed if they are too open. As the reed ages, the blades will slip past each other little by little. The angle of the head (too high or too low) (angle of the oboe in the mouth –bring it down) 2. The result will be a … ... Find out why Close. The reed should be soaked for all of the following steps. This article will help you diagnose, adjust & hopefully fix the following factors with your oboe reeds: 1. Then, the reed works like a snapdragon–squeeze at the bottom and the top pops open. If the opening is too small the reed may not accept the air stream and the low notes will feel labored and unstable. I do not think it is the staples I have been using because after trying some of my teachers’ staples that had previously worked for her, my reeds still had the same problems. It helps to ensure a good seal at the tip. Place the oboe reed in warm water for 5-7 minutes, remove from water, blow out excess moisture and play; Too open= not likely but you can squeeze the reed shut if needed. I gouge with a Dan Ross gouger & tie my reeds at 75 mm on Stevens pro-brass 47 mm using the David Weber 1B shaper. Or at least it should be. Huge time savers to ensure that you eliminate variables. Singin’ Dog Oboe Reed Medium. The difference between French Cut and American Cut oboe reeds. Tying on too long will cause the reed to leak; too short and the sides crush together causing the tip to spread apart. make sure that the gouged cane is folded on a really straight line and not shredding at what will become the tip of your reed; Any cracks in the reed will render it flat and useless. Reed too closed . The opening of the reed is stabilized by two main opposing forces. I always check to make sure my reed's hole is a football shape and it's not too open or too closed, and even though I know it's at a good shape, the tone I … 2. This is opposed by the rails of the reed which pull clockwise to a neutral and stable result. 4. The reed is organic fuel for many micro-organisms that live harmlessly in your mouth or the air kept in check by your immune system and competition from other microbes. The opening of a reed is key in determining the pitch, and resistance of the reed. If none of this helps at all, have a teacher or other qualified person watch your whole process from beginning to end. It doesn’t make me special or anything, but it does give me perspective on what works, what doesn’t and some of the most common obstacles that can keep you from enjoying your oboe reeds. Oftentimes when they do crow, they will have a low crow; I can usually never get them to crow a C. Also, the sides do not close as you look up past the heart of the reed. A crack is certainly the death of a reed. Skip navigation Sign in. 2. However, adjusting your oboe reeds to resolve this is not too complex. I will say this another way: the sides of the tip do not touch when looking at the reed from the top-down. Thank you again for all the detailed responses. 1. Most of the time, the fold seems to be pretty clean, no shreds. Plus the oboe reeds I make myself. All of my reeds end up looking the same. Before fixing any problems, start by checking that the reed is not too open of too closed. At first only the low notes will stop working and eventually nothing will sound right. Dip the reed in water again and let it sit out an additional 1-2 minutes. In my experience, letting blanks dry overnight before clipping them usually leads to reeds with more manageable (less huge) openings. Chips that occur at the edges of the tip are not as critical as chips at or near the middle from left to right. Thank you in advance! As the cane is played and ages the cane loses some strength but the thread does not wear away. I have been tying the blanks to 73.5 cm. Also agree with Trent’s statement that 10.5 to 11.0 in diameter could help. When the cane seems soft, I also observe that the size of the opening changes dramatically after the dry reed has been soaked. Squeeze the wire, using your fingers, from the front … REED DEATH! Behold, my best reed in a long time was born, and I sincerely hope that the problem has been solved. 1. Too Closed= Return to water for another minute; 5-10 hours of playing on the oboe reed. Additionally bacterial growth inside the reed can effectively make the opening smaller as the biofilms coat the inside cavity of the reed. As you get above 5,000 feet, and often into a dry climate, the reeds will vibrate less. If a reed is too open it will be difficult to control and may fatigue the mouth too much to be playable, but if the opening is too small the reed will be sharp and inflexible. How to buy an Oboe: Background and 4-Step Guide, What band directors wish they knew about teaching oboe, Oboe and Double Reed Repair People Across America, Why Does the Oboe Tune the Orchestra? I think it could be something that has to do with tying. Remove from water and shake out excess water. Clip the tip of the reed (using a knife or razor blade), a little at a time till the crow is a “C” pitch. Use the Incra bent rule to mark the length of your shaped cane on one side: for example, if your staple length is 47 mm & your total length of blank is 75 mm, then the mark on the cane goes at 28 mm using the bent rule to measure from the top of the cane fold to the 28 mm mark on the rule. You can store up to 8 Oboe Reeds in this protective case. D. Reed Problem: 1. If you need to order reeds, click here to go to the shop where I sell handmade reeds. A few reeds can help you feel ready for anything. Knives for Oboe Reed Making We have a wide selection of high quality oboe reed knives for you to peruse because we want to make sure you find the right tool to fit your needs. Please read my articles on Oboe Reed Soaking, and Adjusting Flat oboe reeds for … A good reed is responsive, balanced, and stable. These online oboe lessons are for Premium Reed Maker and Premium Reed Maker-Month members only. Using rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide may keep them at bay temporarily but this is not a long term solution. I’ve adjusted the gouge, changed shaper tips, and experimented with different staples, and yet I end up with big openings much more often than small ones. Flexibility (sound and dynamics) 3. How to Fix a Flat Oboe Reed Jones Double Reed … Just a thought. I'm a beginner on oboe and I have my first concert on Dec. 6. Slight variations in temperature, altitude, weather, and climate can also have an effect on the sound of the reed, as well as minute changes in the physique of the reed. I noticed that her reed-tying was not causing nearly as much disturbance and movement of the music stand as my tying was, so I tried lessening the tension on my string. A crack is usually obvious. If you have any other questions or stories of reeds gone bad, please let me know in the comments. But too often, reeds are too thick, too long, too open, too closed, too sharp -- you name a problem, and it's a possibility for an oboe reed. Might the cane itself (twistyness, hardness, density?) Home › Forums › Reeds › The Oboe Reed Room › Top of oboe reed will not close. To open the reed squeeze the wire, using your fingers, gently from the sides. All of my reeds end up appallingly open at the tip. All this should be done immediately after tying. By pushing the reed up against the top teeth . Medium Student oboe reeds are good for students in with 2-6 years of playing experience. Made to order by a team of professional oboists in Chicago. It took me about five attempts to make one successful blank. Soak the reed for 1-3 minutes or until the reed is the correct strength – a shorter amount of time if the reed is newer, and longer if the reed is older or more closed. It is usually not the players fault if a reed cracks; they just happen when they happen and can be impossible to predict. Maybe you need to adjust the diameter of cane you’re using, move up to 10.5 to 11 range if you’re at the 10-10.5 range now. Oboists, we feel for you: and not just because of the double-reed misery, the duck noises, the … Oboe reeds are expensive and it can be painful to have to get a new reed so often. In order of priority, here is what I would check…. As John said, tie as long as possible. However, inexperienced reed makers should not try this. Often when I start beginners I provide them with a reed to learn their first notes on. If a reed is too open it will be difficult to control and may fatigue the mouth too much to be playable, but if the opening is too small the reed will be sharp and inflexible. Dealing with many different reeds that different people make that we sell at our store, and with her own reeds, she’s noticed that lately everyone seems to have bigger tip openings, even those from reed makers that typically have pretty squashed tip openings are pretty open. You can prevent these growths by soaking your reeds in a reed soaker, or cup,  instead of your mouth. Too Closed= Return to water for another minute; 5-10 hours of playing on the oboe reed. Bethany shows you how to fix an oboe reed that's playing too flat in this quick tip video. And the best part of it is that the instruments can tilt easily for fast removal due to the padded lining. This topic has 10 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated. b)If it’s too open this can make the reed feel ‘hard’ and difficult to produce a controlled sound, meaning that you may be compelled to scrape the reed to make it easier. 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