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Five Accessories You Need for the Oboe

In this blog post, we'll explore five indispensable accessories that every oboist should incorporate into their routine. From swabs to reeds, each item plays a crucial role in maintaining the oboe's delicate balance of sound and ensuring its longevity. Let's explore the world of oboe accessories!

1. Swab

A cloth swab will remove moisture from your instrument, which is important to do every time after you play. This will help keep the pads in good condition and stop them from swelling, which can cause a leak in the instrument.

2. Reeds

Reeds are vital for producing the vibration that allows you to make a sound on your instrument. Most students will begin using K.Ge Student Intermediate reeds as they make it easier for beginner players to produce a sound and are more cost effective than more advanced reed ranges. Medium soft strength is appropriate for most students. It’s a good idea to have a couple reeds on you at all times as they may unexpectedly break. 

3. Soaker Cup

Before you play, you will need to soak your reed in water for a couple minutes before placing it in your instrument. Keep a small plastic cup in your case so you can easy fill it with water and your reed as you prepare to start a rehearsal or practice session. This handy cup from Jones has a attachment that allows you to clip the cup onto your music stand.

4. Interdental Brush

An interdental brush (available from the chemist or supermarket) is the perfect size for removing moisture build up inside your reed.