Arundo Donax: Journey from cane to oboe reed – Part 1 Posted on September 10, 2012 by reedpros Parents ask me all the time – Why are oboe reeds so expensive? I can’t blame them for asking that question. Oboe reeds are really expensive, especially when you are comparing them to clarinet or saxophone reeds.
So – why are oboe reeds so expensive? As with any product, a number of factors go in to the pricing of an item. Supply and demand is one reason. There are much fewer oboe players than clarinet and saxophone players. Fewer players means less sales which means more cost for the manufacturer and more cost to you. Another reason is the reeds are very time-consuming to make. Even machine made oboe reeds will still take longer to make than clarinet or saxophone reeds. Cost to make, time and money invested, consumer demand all figures into the price. I wanted to give parents and students alike more of what really goes on behind the scenes for the reedmaking process. There are lots of blogs, books and videos about how to make oboe reeds but they all start with once the cane is in the final processing stage in order for you to tie it on to become a reed. I want to show you all the other steps involved before the cane gets to the point of being ready to become a reed.