Oboe Reed Care Instructions


Here is some information about how to properly care for your oboe reeds. Oboe reeds can be tricky to figure out at first, but with these tips you can get durable and long lasting  reeds in no time! 

                                                              Reed Care


1. Always brush your teeth.

     -Food and plaque can clog up reeds and make your key pads sticky too. 

2. Keep your reeds safe.

     -Always store reeds in a case that holds reeds securely in place. 

3. Soak your reeds.

     -Soak reeds in FRESH water (not saliva) for 2-3 minutes. Our saliva has

     enzymes that will break down reeds fibers over time. Soaking your reeds in  

     fresh water will help  

      them last as long as possible. 

     -Only soak the cane part of the reed, not the thread or cork.

     -Reeds soaked longer than 5 minutes will become over-soaked and will  

      be more difficult to play.

4. Store your reed for it's next use.

    -If possible, quickly rinse the cane of the reed off and let it dry before securing  

     it in your reed case. This will help remove any lip skin cells, food particles, ect,      that can collect while playing. 

                         When is it time to purchase a new reed?

1. If your reed is cracked.

     -Very small cracks in the tip of the reed will usually be OK to play on. If the

     crack extends beyond 1 mm and it is difficult to articulate notes and/or you    

     have sudden flatness or unstable pitches, then it is time to buy a new reed.


2. If the tip of your reed resembles Bart Simpson's haircut.

    -If the tip of your reed is jagged and/or tattered, it is time to buy a new reed. 

3. If the reed looks OK, but does not make any (or only very little) sound when  

    you blow through it, try these things:

    -Soak it an extra 3 minutes in WARM Water.

    -Run water through the reed to clean it out.

    -Pull a very small pipe cleaner from the bottom of the tube through the top of a

    well soaked reed to clean out an accumulation of gunk.

    * If after these 3 tips the reed still does not work, it is time to buy a new reed *