How to Scrape an Oboe Reed

Check out this video on YouTube on my basic process for scraping an oboe reed.  This is my method, but please experiment with it so you can find your own sound and style. You will hopefully be introduced to new scraping techniques and processes that you can try customizing yourself! Check out the follow up video on finishing an oboe reed here.

You will see how I angle my knife to scrape the tip of the reed and how I look at the heart and windows. I prefer to use a dial indicator to help, but if you also use one, just realize these measurements should fall within a normal range and you should not make a reed purely based off measurements.

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Oboe reed comparison
An example of a blank oboe reed and a nearly finished oboe reed.

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