In order to avoid ulcers on the job, I decided early in my career that I needed a reed-making method I could absolutely count on. What follows is a series of scraping instructions that has worked for me for decades. Read more
John Mack, former Principal Oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra and Richard Woodhams, Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra talk “reeds” in the following videos.
Refine or Recycle Your Reed
What is the likelihood that the reed you are currently scraping will become a playable reed? Should you continue to scrape/refine your reed or should you recycle it (strip the cane off the tube and begin again) before you waste more time in a fruitless effort? Here is a chart that helps you decide. Read more