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I am a professional oboe reed maker. My company is Magic Reed. I had a recent opportunity to talk to a professional flute/sax doubler and jazz specialist who consulted with me about oboes and reeds. I am a classical musician. I love jazz, but do not have the aptitude to get it right, so I leave it to those who do. As I thought about his needs, I came to a couple of conclusions. I would love to know if anyone out there agrees. Classical musicians need a different oboe and oboe reed then the ones that work best for jazz. Professional oboes are designed for dark, warm, focused tones. But jazz requires more dramatic accents and a much bolder and edgy tone (at least in the music I have listened to). So, I think there are a lot of oboes out there that can get the job done without having to spend $10,000. They can even be brighter in nature then one I would choose. In terms of reeds, I would recommend a handmade intermediate or professional oboe reed. I would suggest that they be ordered in a slightly bigger aperture, with enough beef to take a beating. I would be curious what you think about my interpretation of jazz oboe needs. https://magicreed.com
 
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