Double Reed Shops

Double Reed Shops

As you have no doubt discovered, you can’t get oboe supplies and music just anywhere. Try these excellent companies! Midwest Musical Imports Mark Chudnow Woodwinds Forrests Music Nielsen Woodwinds Trevco Eble...
Instruments

Instruments

It is perfectly normal and OK to start out playing on a Selmer or Yamaha beginner oboe handed to you by your school or music store. I do not recommend buying one of these instruments, as even a young student will find the poorly designed keywork and pitch layout...
Cane

Cane

If you’re just getting started with reeds, buy CHEAP cane, so you can ruin your first bunch without ruining your pocketbook. The practice cane from Midwest Musical Imports is great, or whatever is cheapest from wherever you are ordering. Something gouged and shaped....
Method Books

Method Books

For beginners and intermediate students I love the Rubank Method (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and 2). Most school systems start with Essential Elements or Standard of Excellence – I prefer to work from one of the books I mentioned above, though I will always...
Reed-making Equipment

Reed-making Equipment

Knife The most important item is the knife, and I like this razor knife from Rigotti.  The knife is nicely balanced and easy to use, and it is soft enough to sharpen easily and hard enough to hold its edge. It’s also extremely affordable compared to other professional...
Reeds

Reeds

I would recommend having at least three reeds in your case at all times, and using them in rotation so that you always have something that works. As they wear out, you should replace them. For a young beginner, there is no need to start out with expensive hand-made...