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Choosing a Reed for a Woodwind Instrument

Buying reeds for your children or grandchildren can be confusing. Here is what you need to know to buy that reed.

What is the instrument?
clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet

What brand does your student prefer?
Juno, Rico, Rico Royal, Vandoren, La Voz, Mitchell Laurie, Jones, Eastman
Look on the back of an old reed to see the brand. Sometimes even students don't know the brand and strength because the teacher has just handed a reed to them. As students progress, they will get better sound with a better reed, and those are more expensive.

What strength does your student need?
Look at the back of an old reed to see the brand and the strength. As a student progresses, he/she will want a stronger reed. The higher the number, the stronger the reed. The strengths vary from brand to brand.

Oboe and Bassoon reeds are classified as soft, medium soft, medium, medium hard, and hard. We carry Jones and Eastman reeds.

How many reeds should I buy?
The more reeds you buy, the less you are going to pay per reed. Boxes of reeds are the least expensive way to buy reeds, but you can buy any number you wish. Students should have two working reeds at all times, and should rotate reeds each day.

For more in depth information, go to our blog post written by Chris Peters.