What the opening at the tip should look like in a quality reed. 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. I soak my cane for about 25 minutes before I tie it. Tie length. Pitch (sharp or flat or change depending on note) 4. It is usually not the players fault if a reed cracks; they just happen when they happen and can be impossible to predict. – finished length of the blank; 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. These online oboe lessons are for Premium Reed Maker and Premium Reed … Some commercial reeds do not respect this and sometimes leave the tip thick. In one session, shape the cane, tie it, and scrape it until you have clipped the tip open. I do not recommend soaking reeds in your mouth because this promotes bacterial growth which will diminish the life of the reed. Is the cane warped? The SOAKED oboe reed may benefit from being squeezed shut for 30-45 seconds for the first few playing sessions. 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. It took me about five attempts to make one successful blank. An âeasyâ reed (or beginning/student/soft reed) is almost always scraped too thin, making the vibrations easier to achieve without much air support. REED DEATH! I have experimented with tying the reeds tightly and loosely, but neither way seemed to make a difference. Overall, this is a secure Oboe Reed case, which you can close with sturdy clamshell protection. Reed too closed . 2. 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. A few reeds can help you feel ready for anything. Thank you again for all the detailed responses. I have been using the Gilbert gouge and the Lucarelli and Brannen-x shapes. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. By pushing the reed up against the top teeth . When the cane seems soft, I also observe that the size of the opening changes dramatically after the dry reed has been soaked. Shave off the ears with your reed knife, scrape both sides of the tip & clip open. The angle of the head (too high or too low) (angle of the oboe in the mouth –bring it down) 2. 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. These simple but crucial tests will help you decide if your reed is broken or needs replacing especially if your just starting out on the oboe. These are just a few of the variables you might consider: It helps to ensure a good seal at the tip. 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. Binding. A lot of oboe reeds cross my desk every month. 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. However the environment of the reed can allow some germs to proliferate beyond the point of control. MEASURING. Diagnosing Common Oboe Reed Problems. How to Fix a Flat Oboe Reed Jones Double Reed … The micro trauma of controlling the reed with the embouchure(mouth) will accelerate the process. However, adjusting your oboe reeds to resolve this is not too complex. As a result, my reeds are basically unplayable, being that they require a great amount of air and are always flat. In my experience, letting blanks dry overnight before clipping them usually leads to reeds with more manageable (less huge) openings. 1. Plus the oboe reeds I make myself. If tip is too closed, reed will play sharp and it will be impossible to blow into with adequate breath support. As always keep a few reeds broken in and in rotation. Oboe Reeds. It sounds like you are already doing this. Good luck, I think it could be something that has to do with tying. Possible Cause: Either the reed is too closed (and likely old), and/or the embouchure is too tight. You can store up to 8 Oboe Reeds in this protective case. 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. If none of this helps at all, have a teacher or other qualified person watch your whole process from beginning to end. How to Fix a Flat Oboe Reed Jones Double Reed â¦ There is no remedy. And the best part of it is that the instruments can tilt easily for fast removal due to the padded lining. 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. Flexibility (sound and dynamics) 3. I speak about this more in the article oboe reed intonation introduction. Gradually increase the air pressure until the reed speaks by itself. 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. 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. I’m not sure what we can do with this observation. And how to do it right. 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. Please reach out to us with any questions about our selection of oboe knives. It doesn’t seem to matter whether I gouge and shape the reeds myself or whether I order the cane pre-gouged and shaped. 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. 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). Then, the reed works like a snapdragon–squeeze at the bottom and the top pops open. However, inexperienced reed makers should not try this. All of my reeds end up looking the same. 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. Sometimes, these problems can be caused by an accumulation of small errors. 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. Might the cane itself (twistyness, hardness, density?) First the thread that is tied around the cane to fasten it to the staple tugs on the cane counter clockwise. The opening of reed will collapse overtime. My colleague is a seasoned oboist and reed maker. 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. Copyright © 1995 - 2020 International Double Reed Society. Just keep the caliper set at the staple length. 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. Make sure the overlap is correct. Too closed… Literally everytime I play, I'm always going to start out being either super sharp or super flat. 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. Thanks to everyone for the comments! 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. If the reed is too hard too open too closed 1. 1. Soaking the reed for more than a few minutes can cause the cane to expand too much leaving the reed flat, stoggy, and resistant. Made to order by a team of professional oboists in Chicago. Thank you in advance! Behold, my best reed in a long time was born, and I sincerely hope that the problem has been solved. The reed should be soaked for all of the following steps. Reeds naturally close down a bit when played on anyway. I have one reed which is brand new--and I think it still needs breaking in. How do I crow the reed? Oboe Reedmaking. 2. I tend to scrape the corners of the tip before setting the blank aside. 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).. Try tying longer onto the staple to the point where the cane just closes on each side at the last wrap before crossover. Mold…enough said…. Tying the reed on longer has the opposite effect. 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! ... Find out why Close. I recommend soaking reeds for between 1-2 minutes in a small cup or shot glass of water. I'm a beginner on oboe and I have my first concert on Dec. 6. 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. An oversoaked reed will likely be stiff, too open, and flat. This leads to sharpness and makes the reed harder to blow through. I’d love to hear about them. It seems like this might weaken the opening, too, to give you a fighting chance of having tighter sides. To open the reed squeeze the wire, using your fingers, gently from the sides. A good reed is responsive, balanced, and stable. Martin. However, adjusting your oboe reeds to resolve this is not too complex. 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. Often when I start beginners I provide them with a reed to learn their first notes on. Please read my articles on Oboe Reed Soaking, and Adjusting Flat oboe reeds for … We also offer private lessons in the Chicago area. I have been making reeds for about 2 years. Just a thought. This topic has 10 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated. 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. If they do not, the reed may be unstable and inconsistent. 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. Turn corners of mouth down . 1. If the reed is too closed, you will not get much life out of the reed, though will likely open up when soaked. 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. Then in my lesson I ended up tying a reed, using a music stand as an anchor. Don't try to influence the tone in any way. If you have any other questions or stories of reeds gone bad, please let me know in the comments. I tied one reed this week that closed very well. My last one was always a little bit too closed. The angle of the head (too high or too low) (angle of the oboe in the mouth âbring it down) 2. Let sit for another minute.-The opening should be about the height of a Dime. Sides of the reed not closed from born again oboe The sides should press tightly together along the entire length of the reed. Perhaps they last even a few weeks or a couple months. By contrast if the reed is too open, the low notes may be raunchy and uncontrollable. Using rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide may keep them at bay temporarily but this is not a long term solution. In reality, through normal use in practice and band class, an oboe reed should only last a couple of weeks. I hadn’t encountered consistent trouble with big tip openings until perhaps a year and a half ago. Oboe reeds are expensive and it can be painful to have to get a new reed so often. 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. However, since I changed too many variables at once, I wasn’t sure how I made the blank. Keeping your reeds in a reed case and not in the plastic tube or coffin it came it will help as well. Molds will often show up as fruiting bodies or black colonies, while bacteria will often form films along the inside of the reed. I KNOW how to break in a reed, except this one seems waaaayy too open. Medium Student oboe reeds are good for students in with 2-6 years of playing experience. This problem can sometimes be cured by soaking the reed in hot water or by squishing closed the back of a soaked reed. I also experimented with letting the blank sit for a little while before clipping it rather than clipping immediately after tying and scraping. Place the reed in your mouth down to the string and blow. The oboe is officially one of the most difficult instruments to play. 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. Squeeze the wire, using your fingers, from the front … 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. 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. While each player has personal preferences for reed opening, a medium opening from cane with a 9.75-10.5mm diameter is generally accepted. From the oboe reed critiques that I offer to all of the reed shipments from our reedmakers. – the length of time you’re soaking the cane before tying; If still too hard, scrape a very little amount of reed. If it’s still too open, gently squeeze the sides of the string with pliers. 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. The difference between French Cut and American Cut oboe reeds. 3. Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total) Author Work mindfully and remember to isolate only one variable at a time. The reed may never sound as good but it may be playable for a while longer while a replacement can be ordered. Never work on a dry reed – it will likely crack. Trent, you bring up an interesting point. Clip the tip of the reed (using a knife or razor blade), a little at a time till the crow is a “C” pitch. 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. 3. Remove from water and shake out excess water. An oboe reed can make or break an oboe's usability and sound. The opening may be too closed, in which case there are no good adjustments that would help. Solution : Get a new reed. 4. I have other strategies for getting the most life from your reeds in an article I wrote which you can read by clicking here. 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. Reeds are not meant to last forever and by keeping a rotation of reeds in your reed case you can sound your best. Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress. Or at least it should be. After you have selected the cane for straightness and chopped it to length, lay the piece bark-side down on a flat surface. Skip navigation Sign in. Gently squeeze the reed blades closed if they are too open. How to Balance an Oboe Reed. I tied the reed with MUCH LESS tension than I what I would normally use to tie. a. 2. Do you think that letting them dry overnight before clipping them would make them even more open? 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. Flatten chin and point it down . 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. Singin’ Dog is a well-known maker of oboe reeds, and this particular reed is entirely handmade. 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 … IF THE REED TOO FREE: Try clipping the tip of the reed and readjust. 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. Squeeze gently on the sides. A crack is usually obvious. A reed that is no longer functional has three key indicators that will reveal if it needs replacing. Tone (does it make a nice sound) 5. If the reed is too open, you can try and close it down a bit by putting the plaque in and squeezing a tiny bit. Most of the time, the fold seems to be pretty clean, no shreds. 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. 1. 2. What should I do if the reed is too easy? The approximative dimensions for this product are 4.2 x 0.6 x 4 inches. The resulting dynamic should be mezzo-piano or very close to it. Then, soak it for five minutes before you put it away. A dark, warm, pleasing oboe sound comes from resistance of the reed, first and foremost. Soak new reeds in warm water for one minute. The tip of the reed is the thinnest part of the reed. Any cracks in the reed will render it flat and useless. In order of priority, here is what I would check…. 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 … Often a professional can clip the reed and remake the tip. Brand new reeds may tend to seem too open at first, and likewise, older reeds might be the ones that collapse on you. Hi Andrew, thanks so much for responding. be a contributing factor to your tip opening woes? If you can see ANY light under the middle of the piece, reject it. 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. 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. Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total) Author If the reed becomes too hard, the next time try … 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. If you can see the scrape, look to see if the spine is centered on the reed. A crack is certainly the death of a reed. You can prevent these growths by soaking your reeds in a reed soaker, or cup, instead of your mouth. Might put you in a slightly different cane quality level too, changing some other variables. ... Reed is too CLOSED. Take a couple scrapes out of each side of the heart and tip. 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 know that many, many reeds pass through the shop, so I trust your colleague’s generalization. How to tell if your oboe reed is broken or needs replacing. a. C. Corners of the mouth are turned up (in a smile) 1. Tying on too long will cause the reed to leak; too short and the sides crush together causing the tip to spread apart. Some advocate for super glue but I don’t feel comfortable putting such chemical’s in my mouth. Reed too closed . The result will be a … Turn corners of mouth down . Also agree with Trent’s statement that 10.5 to 11.0 in diameter could help. Oboe, like any double reed, is a tough beast. – the integrity of the fold before shaping, i.e. As John said, tie as long as possible. Quality handmade oboe & English horn reeds, tube cane, gouged & shaped cane, oboe music, accessories and more. I think at this point I would try anything to make the opening smaller. Before fixing any problems, start by checking that the reed is not too open of too closed. Ideally, the sides should close with the string still one wind below the top of the tube. Two tools that would really help & speed things along for you: the Incra bent rule in mm & a digital caliper. This is opposed by the rails of the reed which pull clockwise to a neutral and stable result. A thin and sloped tip allow the reed to give a warm sound with easy response. Hi Laura — This can be maddening and the source of the problem difficult to track down, as you are finding. Additionally bacterial growth inside the reed can effectively make the opening smaller as the biofilms coat the inside cavity of the reed. 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. 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. Home âº Forums âº Reeds âº The Oboe Reed Room âº 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. The opening of the reed is stabilized by two main opposing forces. Keep the cane well moistened throughout this process. For Oboe, look at the tip opening. By the way, do you let your blanks dry closed, or do you clip them open before letting them rest? The nature of this double reed will make it go out of tune real easy, as you've noticed. 3. These online oboe lessons are for Premium Reed Maker and Premium Reed Maker-Month members only. If the pitch drops significantly and the cane feels soggy and sluggish to play there is probably a crack. I asked one of my colleagues at work about this, as it’s interesting to me, even as someone that only makes bassoon reeds. 1. If the reed is too open squeeze the tip closed between the thumb and index finger for 30 seconds 2. Skip navigation Sign in. I will say this another way: the sides of the tip do not touch when looking at the reed from the top-down. If the opening is too small the reed may not accept the air stream and the low notes will feel labored and unstable. If reed is hard to play, pinch where the string meets the reed. Some people think this makes a big difference. I have been tying the blanks to 73.5 cm. Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total). C. Corners of the mouth are turned up (in a smile) 1. Bethany shows you how to fix an oboe reed that's playing too flat in this quick tip video. Check the opening of the reed. click here to go to the shop where I sell handmade reeds. Sometimes after I tie the reed, de-bark it and clip the tip, the opening seems normal-sized and the sides seem to close. Huge time savers to ensure that you eliminate variables. All Rights Reserved. 3. All this should be done immediately after tying. The oboe is officially one of the most difficult instruments to play. 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. The result is a loud, quacky oboe reed that is unstable and can easily be overblown. 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. Hi Laura, I know that problems like this one can be extremely frustrating and mysterious. If anyone has been through anything like this with oboe reeds, your input would be greatly appreciated! Flatten chin and point it down . Resistance (too hard or soft) 2. D. Reed Problem: 1. As the reed ages, the blades will slip past each other little by little. Chips that occur at the edges of the tip are not as critical as chips at or near the middle from left to right. My hypothesis is that very soft cane “balloons” open when tied onto the staple while rigid, hard cane would hold its shape and diameter. Dip the reed in water again and let it sit out an additional 1-2 minutes. As you get above 5,000 feet, and often into a dry climate, the reeds will vibrate less. 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. 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 tip of the reed may become frayed from trauma of tonguing and knicks from the reed case or hands. Oboists, we feel for you: and not just because of the double-reed misery, the duck noises, the … 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? 2. 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. They will not close no matter how hard I try to squeeze them. White or black growths in the reed mean it’s time to order replacements. If the opening is too closed, the reed may be too soft, produce a weak flabby tone or the pitch may be too high. 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. The closing and opening of the reeds is repeated at an incredible speed. 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; At first only the low notes will stop working and eventually nothing will sound right. 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