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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.