Essential Tools for Reed Adjustments: Beginner’s Guide

by | Oct 19, 2014 | General Info, Getting Started, Reeds | 0 comments

A complete list of everything you need to start adjusting and making your own oboe and bassoon reeds.

Essential Tool List:

  • Knife
  • Plaque
  • Cutting Block
  • Sharpening Stone
  • Mandrel
  • Razor Blades/Tip Cutter
  • Rag or piece of old shirt (for scraping/stone)
  • Tuner (for checking pitch)
  • Reed Making Book (optional, but helpful!)

Kniferigotti reed knife

oboe plaquePlaque (consider buying a couple in case you lose one)

Cutting Blockreed cutting block

Sharpening Stone


  • Oboe MandrelOboe: Oboe Mandrel
  • Bassoon: Rigotti Short Bassoon Mandrel or Fox Short Bassoon Mandrel

Razor Blades (oboe)/Tip Cutter (bassoon)*

*you can use the end of your knife to cut the tip of a reed, however this will wear your knife out sooner, risk causing chips in your knife, and won’t result in the necessary precision

Sandpaper (bassoon only)

Needle Nose Pliers

oboe practice caneOther Reed Making Tools (necessary when you start tying your own reeds)


Tool Kit Suggestionsoboe bassoon tool kit

  • Rigotti Standard Tool Kit or Basic Tool Kit for Oboe or Bassoon *sharpening stone and honing oil not included and will need to be purchased separately (stone is $13-25 extra)
  • oboe tool kitFull Oboe Tool Kit: Includes all necessary tools for making your own reeds, in addition to doing adjustments $99 or $113- Forrests Oboe Reed Tool Kit
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