Jeffrey's best estimation of an authentic baroque oboe reed according to surviving historical sources. These reeds are made using 41mm brass staples and period appropriate silk and linen reed thread, and offer a broad, rich, and responsive tone with a high degree of flexibility.
General information and tips for Jeffrey Reinhardt reeds:
- Jeffrey uses fine reed cane grown in the Var region of France, processed on traditional gouging machines and shapers for all reeds, including student reeds.
- While every climate is different, and players should trust their own judgement, Jeffrey recommends dipping his reeds in room temperature water for 30 seconds and resting them on a surface for 2-3 minutes to hydrate them before playing, rather than soaking directly in water. This prevents them from becoming "waterlogged," which hinders response.
Jeffrey Reinhardt is an oboist and instrument maker based in Brooklyn, NY. His recent activities include performances with The SEM Ensemble, Venture Opera Company, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, "The Golden Bride" (an acclaimed off-Broadway production), The Bronx Opera Company and The Orchestra of the Bronx. In February 2016, he premiered David Louis Zuckerman's Per Diem, a concerto dedicated to him, with the SEM Ensemble.
Jeffrey holds a Pre-College Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. He has attended both the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival as a fellowship recipient. His principal instructors have included Stuart Dunkel, Richard Dallessio, Nathan Hughes, Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, and Stephen Taylor.
As an instrument maker, Jeffrey has extensively studied and reproduced the I. W. Kenigsperger oboe, housed at the Boston Museum of fine arts, a highly typical oboe of the baroque period.