Oboes belong to the woodwind family. The reed of the oboe typically consists of two pieces of bamboo that vibrate against each other when the player blows through them. You must care for an oboe’s reed properly to maintain optimal sound. By preserving your reeds, you will not only maintain the sound of your instrument but also save yourself the expense of having to purchase new reeds more often than you should.
Soak the cane portion (the part that is in your mouth during play) in a small cup of water for several minutes each time prior to playing the instrument.
Adjust the reed's opening with great care. If you try to squeeze it more open or shut, do so only after it has soaked properly; watch the blades of the reed as they move to make sure that they aren't about to break.