Charles Pro oboe reeds are superior quality, hand-made to order by Brian Charles.
Each reed is hand-made using select Charles Pro cane from the Var region of France. The cane is a nominal .59 in the center and .48 on the sides (standard of most professionals) and comes from well-aged 10.5 mm stalks.
The proprietary shape of the cane is similar to the RDG-1 or Rigotti #1 shape. Each reed is tied with triple-twist ff nylon onto Charles Pro brass staples. There is never any wire, never any fishskin: no leaks – guaranteed.
- More responsive attacks
- Refined tone without an extended break-in period
- Longer lasting stability
- Less need for adjustment
Brian Charles studied reed-making with Harold Gomberg at the Juilliard School. His private reed-making lessons with Ronald Roseman, Merrill Greenberg, and Henry Schumann also inform his style. He has spent many years adjusting and refining his reed-making style and has combined his Tabuteau and Gomberg tradition with the classic American style scrape, a modified “V-shaped tip, ample heart, strong spine, and well-defined windows. He has been making double reeds professionally for over 35 years.