For a while, I’ve been using Allan Oboe reeds. Good, cheap Oboe reeds for those of us who don’t have the time and/or patience (and maybe skill) to make our own. Though, I kind of wanted more tone out of them. So, in the search for a better reed, I tried some of the fabled Good Tone Guild reeds. They cost nearly double what the Allan reeds are, but they seem to have more “body” to the tone. Plus, the pitch seems a little more stable on my Oboe.
So, you might want to get some Allan and GTG’s and compare.
Making reeds is something Oboe players are supposed to do. I suck at it. It is really time consuming, and with all the other activities I do, I just don’t have the time and patience to do it. I’ve been buying Allan Reeds for a while now. Cheap and play well I think. I am going to try some of those Good Tone reeds soon.
I did find this site, Oboe Reed Review. Interesting. They have polls and what not there. Don’t seem to have Allan Reeds though…..
So, is the age old thing about a real oboist still true? Are they required to make their own reeds? And, is there some sort of way special “jazz” reed for oboe?