"I’ve been playing on these reeds for a while now. Aaron takes great consideration when structuring reeds for the optimal presence of overtones and I have rarely had to adjust them for intonation — usually an issue with compatibility with my oboe, not an issue with the reed itself. As a music educator and occasional professional oboist, my performance venues and ensembles vary greatly. The reeds I get from Aaron are durable and have provided an array of timbres when requested– he’s capable of creating mellow, mild reeds which I typically use for solo/liturgical settings and brighter, more resonant reeds which I use for cases in which I need to cut across an ensemble. I’m grateful for the amount of care Aaron takes to make sure his reeds are absolutely ready for the consumer and, six years into buying reeds from A. Lakota Reeds, have never received one that leaks. I highly recommend this option to intermediate, advanced, and professional musicians."
"I have just recently started purchasing reed from Aaron. My students have also been ordering reeds from him. He takes great care to make sure he selects the right reed for each individual musician. He adjusts his reeds to the exact needs of his customers. He is careful to make each reed vibrant with the appropriate resistance level for students of all ability levels. Aaron is always easy to get in touch with when the weather changes and need minor adjustments made. I have never received a reed that was not performance quality."
"I have been purchasing reeds (three or more at a time), for over a year now. The consistency is wonderful and they are worth the wait time. I do not specify mellow or resonant and am able to modify the reeds as necessary- orchestra or band, or chamber ensemble. I have never received a reed that leeks or is shorter than the rest or not durable. My highest recommendation!"
"I highly recommend Aaron Lakota’s oboe reeds. I have been using his professional reeds for over a year now and I find them to be consistently of high quality. Aaron has worked with me to find reeds that fit my style of playing and my instrument. When the air is hot and humid, some of us find our reeds playing extremely sharp. He has developed a wider, longer reed that helps keep pitch even. He is very knowledgeable about oboe brands and different styles of playing and will try to accommodate your needs. Aaron has a sincere wish that oboe playing be joyful and that to this end he provides a key ingredient: good, easy to play reeds, with beautiful tone."
"I refer all of my students to buy their reeds from Aaron. I rarely have to do any minor adjustments to his reeds in order for my students to be able to play on them. Each reed has a full, round sound that allows my students to play in tune and with well supported air while producing a good tone."
"If you are considering purchasing some of Aaron’s reeds, let me tell you that you won’t be disappointed. I have tried both the student and professional models, and they both work great — I have been playing oboe for about 10 years, and these are some of the best reeds I have played on. They are also priced reasonably. You can also expect a lot of consistency from these reeds — I have ordered about 10 reeds so far and they all played roughly the same out of the box. The bottom line is that I highly recommend these reeds because they consistently work well, and they are priced reasonably."
"We just received these reeds, my daughter has been playing for 4 weeks, and I can already notice a change in her tone. She isn’t flat anymore! Thank you and we will be purchasing again soon."
"We bought a couple student oboe reeds for my daughter last year and they worked great. One is still usable, but it’s time to replace! Ok, past time.Aaron, I think you charge too little. The cheapest manufactured one I could find in store was $13! $15 for handmade reeds is a steal!"