Oboe Reeds by James Sullivan

About Me

Personally,  I got a rather late start at oboe playing. That was followed by an  early...too early...start on reed making. Soon after I began playing, I  attended a short reed making seminar where I obtained limited and, to be  honest, questionable information on the subject. This resulted in  countless hours struggling at the reed desk trying to figure out how to  make a reed that would work. Too much time was spent trying to make a  reed the wrong way and not enough time was spent practicing! I teach my  students how to make reeds early, but not before they have a good grasp  of the fundamentals of playing and have established a rigid practice  routine to which reed making can be added, not substituted for  practicing.

Years  later after my questionable and frustrating beginnings, I had quite the  opposite experience. I was privileged to study with the most well known  and highly skilled reed makers in the country. I am grateful for the  knowledge that I received from them and hope that I can adequately pass  on the art to all that I can. 

Finally,  one of my biggest goals is to be able to treat each of my customers  individually. I will aim to receive your repeat business by using your  feedback from your purchases to continually improve the fulfillment of  your needs. I will keep track of your input and will try my hardest to  incorporate it into your future orders. Both of the following pages  allow you a space to tell me as much as you wish about your reed  specifications. Be as thorough as possible. Include details such as how  long you have played, what brand of oboe you play, what types of groups  you play in (band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, etc), as well as the  typical descriptions like "soft, medium, hard". 

You  have many choices on the internet for purchasing oboe reeds.  I can  assure you that the reeds you purchase from me will be made from the  highest quality cane and materials and will be no lesser quality than  the reeds I play on myself.

Again, thanks for visiting! I look forward to meeting you and to being a part of your musical growth and enjoyment.

James Sullivan