Covid-19 Information

Testing by playing is required to produce a working handmade oboe reed. While there is no way to completely guarantee that any cleaning procedure has removed all germs (including Covid-19), preventing the spread of illness is of upmost importance.

Each completed reed is cleaned by soaking in isopropyl alcohol (at least 70%) for two minutes, rinsing in clean water, then cleaning again by soaking in hydrogen peroxide 3% for five minutes. Finally, the reed is rinsed again in clean water and allowed to dry completely.

In light of the widespread availability of Covid-19 vaccines, I am removing my week-long waiting period between finishing reeds and shipping them. However, if you have a compromised immune system or other concerns related to illness, you can take the additional precaution of setting aside your reeds for a time after receiving them and before playing them. Or, you may of course choose to avoid playing on handmade and tested oboe reeds. Please contact me (Corey Sweeney) at with any questions.