Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell


Course overview | In this one day workshop, you will learn the fine details of scraping and adjusting reeds for modern or baroque oboe (separate days for each). Attendees will have the opportunity to finish and adjust at least five semi-finished reeds made by Adam. We will use a well defined, step by step approach to adjusting the reeds, so you can understand exactly the effect of each adjustment technique. You will also be provided with a copy of Adam's new reed adjusting guide to take home. In addition, we will adjust some popular "store bought" profiled reeds to learn the techniques for making these playable.

Attendees are also welcome to bring any semi-finished reeds or blanks they have made and we will work on them together. In addition to the hand work, there will also be a demonstration of using both the R&S profiler and the KGE Profiler to scrape the reeds.

You will need to bring your oboe, and some basic tools such as a reed knife, plaque, and mandrel.

Course director | Adam Shapiro concert oboeist and reed maker.

Adam is a seasoned performer on modern as well as baroque oboe. He has performed with the Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and the New World Symphony orchestras,  as well as with the American Bach Soloists. Adam is also a member of the Seattle 5th Avenue and Village Theater pit orchestras. Adam earned his DMA in Performance Practice from Rutgers University. As a teacher, Adam is a lecturer at the University of Washington, and maintains an active studio.

Reed Types | This course will run on two separate days; one day for modern reeds and one for baroque.

Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old: musicians, artisans and craftspeople. Particularly for people who have attended Adam's Oboe Reed making course and oboists who already do some of their own reed adjustments.

Course length | 1 day (per reed type)

Dates | See the calendar to the right or booking form below.

Don't see dates that suit you? Further courses can be arranged throughout the year; email

Time | 10.00am – 4.00pm (depending on progress made during the day).

Cost | £100 per day

Location | The Champion Workshop, 6 Lintech Court, Linton, CB21 4XN. Details of transport and location can be found in the Visitors Centre section.

Accommodation | If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. We have listed some options in the Accommodation Section of our website.

Personal accident insurance | We do have public liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non-EU participants.

Booking | To book use the links below.

Further information | For other enquiries email Daniel Bangham

The course fee covers materials, specialised tools and expert tuition. It also includes lunch. The finished reeds will be yours to keep.

Related Courses | Baroque Oboe Making | Oboe & Bassoon Repair & Care | Oboe Reed Making

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