Welcome to Oboe Reeds by James Sullivan

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Hi and thank you for visiting my website.


My name is James Sullivan and I have been Principal Oboe of the Alabama Symphony since 1997. 
As an orchestral oboist, reed making is a big part of my daily life. The reeds that I sell on this website are held to the same standards as the reeds that I play on myself. I am very proud of the quality of my product and am very excited to be able to offer my reeds for sale to you. I hope that I can be of continuous service to you and can make your oboe endeavors more rewarding and fulfilling.


This website comes at the request of many of my own students and the students of other oboe teachers, former students of mine who don't have the time to make reeds for themselves, band directors who are looking for the best reeds for their students, and professional freelancers/doublers and performers on almost every skill level. The best way to make reeds that you like is to do it yourself. Unfortunately, that is not reality for the aforementioned oboists. There are many reasons that people choose to buy their reeds. Some people detest reed making or just simply don't have the time. Students of any level need high quality reeds to serve as models while they are learning to make them for themselves. And we have all known famous oboe players that prefer to buy reeds from other players!


I highly encourage oboe players to make their own reeds and have taught countless students all that I know about this ongoing and delicate process. Until you feel like the day comes when you can create your own reeds that serve your needs, I am here to help you any way I can. 



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