~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~
 

~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~

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~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    00:14 on Friday, November 09, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 1 vote

Canadian
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Haha! I've started a new topic so other Oboist can rant on about how store bought reeds suck!

Please. Never buy store bought reeds. No. No. No. No.

^_^

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    08:06 on Friday, November 09, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 1 vote

oboe_piano_girly
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oh my gosh!! i hate store bought reeds. I have to use them because i cant get any new reeds any time soon (too expensive my mum said) and they are horrible!!! i used to use la voz and they were just crap. now i use jones artist( apparently meant to be better, suggested to me by a professional oboist) and its disgustingly flat. i cant play from g to c (low) in tune unless i raise my eyebrows, and tighten my lips to get a sharper sound!! it sucks!!

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    23:22 on Friday, November 09, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 2 votes

Canadian
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Ewww... Try learning to make your own reeds? Store bought ones suck. Maybe to actually stand them you could buy at least a knife, plaque and a cutting block so you can do some minor tune ups on them?

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    19:07 on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 2 votes

Percoboist
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Commercial reeds in general can't compare with handmade (or at the very least hand-scraped) reeds, but Jones Artist are definitely some of the better ones I've come across. They do tend to be flat, but if you're prepared to adjust them (which if you have to rely on commercial reeds is absolutely necessary!) it's not a big deal. I actually prefer reeds that are flat when I buy them because they're easy to adjust, just clip a little off the tip and then thin the tip a little to get better response.

Sharp commercial reeds are a pain. I'm not even sure that's it's possible to adjust them. I don't have a ton of experience with reed shaving, but I've never had success with a sharp reed.

I recently purchased an Jones Artist reed that was as was said, "disgustingly flat," but after I adjusted it, it was fine, and now I'm very happy with it.

This being said, it still doesn't compare to a reed I once purchased from Meg Cassell at the Good Tone Guild. We called it the "magic reed" because it was...awesome!

I have yet to encounter another reed like it, and so the search for the "perfect reed" continues.

I guess I agree that handmade reeds are better (usually...), but that doesn't mean that all commercial reeds (after necessary adjustments) suck.

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    19:22 on Thursday, November 29, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Jacoboe
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I know what you mean. I've been playing oboe for just 3 months, so I can't make my own reeds, and my private tutor has had to trim up and cut the heck out of all my store-boughts. The only one he didn't trim was horrendously flat.. I use mediums and I use emerald I think...they seem to hold up better.

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    20:43 on Friday, November 30, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

bp_oboist
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yeahh... store reeds are A NO NO. haha yeah. your private teacher should make his own reeds? i nkow my private teacher does and they are much better than store bought. i'm learning to make my own reeds.. but then again i can't even remember how to wrap the reed.

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    20:36 on Monday, December 03, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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Hm.. Well store bought reeds can be okay, I guess. But if you are willing to take the leap into the reed world, I
would be very grateful. ^^

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    17:45 on Saturday, January 05, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

iluvoboe565
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My teacher scrapes my jones reeds cuz i've only been playing oboe for about 7 months, so i haven't learned how to make them, and they work pretty good ( for me anyways)

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    22:04 on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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Hmmm... Why do so many teachers not know how to make reeds? As a beginner it is SO much easier with nice, hand made reeds.

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    14:23 on Thursday, January 10, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

bp_oboist
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i've used hand made reeds for a long time now.. but the only thing that can be a pain is that they sometimes seem to wear down faster than store bought like Emerald and Jones(which both sucked for me). my teacher's hand made reeds are really good, so i don't have problems playing.

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    21:27 on Thursday, January 10, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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I LOVE my teacher's hand made reeds. They're REALLY nice to play on too.

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    17:01 on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

iluvoboe565
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My teacher makes reeds, he just can't take the time to. Its easier for him to just scrape Jones reeds.

I still want to learn to make reeds. Someday

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    20:17 on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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Hmm... That's too bad...

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    15:23 on Thursday, March 27, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

ojoe
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i have to use store bought reeds because i dont know someone who makes them i saw a hand made one it looked so much nicer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: ~The Revolt Against Store Bought Reeds~    20:45 on Thursday, March 27, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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Hmm sounds like fun.

   





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