Last month we started the new year of Community Band rehearsal after the Holiday break. My old favorite reed bit the dust so I had to buy a new one.
No, I don’t make my own reeds. Perhaps I should but I just never got into that. I generally buy an off-the-shelf reed and tweak it to suit my needs. I decided to buy a Fox Renard reed and OMG it was terrible! There was nothing I could do to fix it. Sorry Fox but, bleah! I bought one before and forgot how much it sucked. Hard to imagine that there could be that much difference in brands.
Yeah, I’m blaming the reed but I really felt like I had lost my touch and my confidence. It seemed like I had forgotten how to play the oboe over the holiday break.
I went out a purchased my favorite brand, Jones. It was terrible at first but after some break-in time and a little tweaking with my knife, it became AWESOME! Suddenly I feel confident again and look forward to the next rehearsal.
I’m looking forward to trying out the synthetic Légère reeds as soon as they become available. Old fashioned Plastic oboe reeds are a big no-no. Want to sound like a duck? Get one. Légère reeds are not regular plastic though. A girl in the band who bought a Légère reed for her bassoon suddenly became 500% better. The sound was wonderful and she was able to concentrate on the music instead of fighting with the reed all the time. Can’t wait to try one on my oboe.