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Kim Haan, oboist

cor anglais and oboe d'amore player

tutor of oboe, theory and piano

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Visit My Studio and Choose Your Favourite Reed

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments ()
Visit my studio if you would like to choose a reed from a selection.  Or you may want to book a reed consultation. We can determine the dimensions that work best for you.  I can show you how to adjust your own reeds as well.  Email me if you are interested.

Reed Tip of the Day

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:55 AM Comments comments ()
I have been using Chiarugi adjustable staples for a couple of months now and I love them!  They come with 4 "screw" -on metal corks in 45mm, 46mm, 47mm and 48mm and 5 uppers (top of staple where the reed is tied onto).  My oboe plays ever so slightly flat so these are a huge help.  I tried only using 46mm staples for awhile but I didn't like the way my reeds sounded so now, instead of shortening my reed by scraping and chopping, I simply change the "cork" size.  Here is a link to Howarth's website - you can see what they look like:  http://www.howarth.uk.com  (Click on the "I" to see a picture.)  You'll notice that the price is very reasonable as well.

Reed Tip of the Day

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments ()
If you have a profiler, ensure that you keep the blade sharpened. It will make the scraping much easier.  I sharpen the blade myself using a carborundum stone, about 30 strokes against the beveled edge of the blade, direction is edge forward, finishing with one stroke on the opposite side and the opposite direction.  Don't overdo the sharpening or you will wreck your blanks.  You can test the sharpness of the blade by running it gently across your fingernail - it should stop against the nail - all the way along the edge of the blade.

Reed Tip of the Day

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 4:41 AM Comments comments ()
Don't worry so much about the staples - the detail is in the cane - how well it has been prepared (gouged and shaped) and how well you scrape it.

Reed Tip of the Day

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 4:42 AM Comments comments ()
Soak your reed including staple in a sterilising solution to disinfect it.  Hydrogen peroxide also works well but only put the cane end of the reed into this.  Soak for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly afterwards.  I find cleaning  can revive an old reed for another day or so and sometimes longer.

Oboe Reed Tip of the Day

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments ()
In between gouging, shaping, tying, profiling and finishing do let the cane dry out and rest.  In my experience, it makes for a more stable reed and one that is not too open.

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