Back to school – don’t forget your music supplies!

handmade oboe reeds on oboe reed drying rack

handmade oboe reeds on oboe reed drying rack

School season is upon us!  For some parts of LA County, school starts this week. In the rush to make sure new clothes, notebooks, pencils and books are purchased, music supplies may not be at the top of the list. For those of you in band and orchestra – don’t forget your music supplies!

For the oboe players out there, make sure you have quality reeds on hand. It is best to have three reeds at all times in working condition and rotate them. That means play reed “A” on Monday, reed “B” on Tuesday, reed “C” on Wednesday then back to reed “A” for Thursday and so on. It helps your reeds last longer and breaks them in evenly.

Have a reed case for your oboe reeds. There are lots of choices out there. The cheapest will be a plastic reed case that holds three to six reeds. Don’t keep the reeds in the tubes or flat cases you get when purchasing them. They are to keep them safe in shipping but are not meant to be a good alternative to a proper reed case.

Start your band class off right! Impress your band director with your sound. Try handmade oboe reeds this year instead of the machine made reeds. Have a look at Reed Pros handmade reeds: http://www.reedpros.com

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2 Responses to Back to school – don’t forget your music supplies!

  1. Very “sound” advice: even concert-grade reeds need to be maintained by playing them once in a while.

  2. Pingback: Oboe Reed Drying Rack – now available for purchase | Reed Pros

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