Did you know that oboe reeds are made from a plant? It’s not bamboo but a type of hollow cane called Arundo Donax.
Arundo Donax can grow from 20-30 feet high. Oboe reeds are made from the part of the plant that measures 10-11 mm in diameter. Oboists and bassoonist call it tube cane.
Most American oboists use cane grown in France but we are beginning to see cane for making oboe reeds coming from Argentina and China too. This cane is used not only for making oboe reeds, but also clarinet, saxophone, bagpipe and bassoon reeds.