If you get a good reed, it performs well, and with a little adjusting the reed and has a nice tone quality with the ability for facile playing.However, maybe 2 out of the 5 reeds are flat, or have a saggy tone quality and are unplayable. The last batch my student ordered had a very saggy one and a cracked one among the 5 she purchased.
Sandy Stimson Medium Hard Oboe Reeds
Sandy Stimson’s reeds have a lot of potential but they really are not quite finished. They hold their opening well and are generally of a hard strength at this point. However, they need to be scraped more to balance them and make the response more consistent. These are great reeds for teachers who know how to finish reeds for students. Sandy's oboe reeds are handmade and begin with splitting tube cane, gouging on a Ross gouger, shaping using a Joshua +4 shape and tying on a 47mm real cork staple.
Read a comparison of all our reed options in our oboe reed blog. "Oboe Reeds: "Which oboe reed should I buy?".
Sandy Stimson is Principal oboe of the Bozeman Symphony. In Breckenridge, Colorado she is the Principal oboe of the Breckenridge Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, a position she has held since 2004. She holds the English horn position with the Billings Symphony and can be heard performing with the Great Falls and Helena Symphonies.
Previous orchestral engagements include Principal oboe of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal oboe of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, second oboe/English horn with the Breckenridge Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Principal Oboe of the Billings Symphony and Acting Associate Principal oboe of the Omaha Symphony. Sandy was acting instructor of oboe at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for one semester, and adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana for four years. She also maintained a studio of 35 private oboe students ranging from beginners to adults in Billings. Sandy earned her Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree from Yale University. Her principal teachers include Richard Killmer (private study at the Eastman School of Music), Ronald Roseman, and Mark Hill.
Please note that we do not accept returns on reeds or cane unless damaged on arrival.
I ordered one of these reeds and it came in very squaky and unplayable
These are lighter reeds but very stable. They are responsive in throughout all registers although I much prefer them for second oboe. These reeds are quite stable though not perfect. I recommend these to an advanced player with a good embouchure and proper breathe support to ensure they are not flat.