How To Choose A Reed For Your Child

Unfortunately it’s complicated. Really complicated. We recommend sticking with the Charles brand reeds, which we make here by hand.

Basic rules of thumb:

  • If your child has been playing 1 to 3 years (and they practice a basic amount)
    We recommend: Charles Student – Medium strength
    If the player wears braces choose: Charles Student – Medium Soft strength
    If the player is sharp in pitch or bites their reed choose: Charles Student – Medium Hard strength
  • Playing 2 to 4 years (and they practice)
    We recommend: Charles Standard – Medium strength
    If the player wears braces choose: Charles Standard- Medium Soft strength
    If the player is sharp in pitch or bites their reed choose: Charles Standard – Medium Hard strength
  • Playing 4 years Plus (and they’ve advanced considerably or started reed making)
    We recommend: Charles Pro – Medium strength

Definition of strengths:

Medium Soft: easier to blow but a bit harder to control
Medium:  easy to blow and easy to control – works for most players
Medium Hard: more material is left on, more effort to get a sound, very stable

Please let us know if you have questions or comments. We’re happy to hear from you.