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About Us

HB Oboe Reeds LLC was established in 2008 and we are here to make oboe playing easier for you!  

At HBOR, you will find excellent hand made oboe reeds, English horn reeds and oboe D'amore reeds from beginner to professional.  As well as tools, cane, accessories, gifts and reed making knowledge shared anytime you ask.   Please feel free to ask any questions regarding your oboe playing or reed making or choices in reeds that would be best for you. 

Check out our Testimonials tab for customer reviews and our Policies/Customer Service tab for your satisfaction!  

Teachers are especially welcome to request that we add specific books or items useful to your studio.  Our music selection is expanding thanks to you!

We would like to service your needs as an oboist and English hornist.  Always glad to share knowledge about reed making when you ask, we hope to help you get your playing to sound as beautiful as the oboe is.  As well as reeds we offer a variety of reed making equipment and accessories and gift items.  Teachers are welcome to set up custom reed making kits for their needs, as well as reed orders.  Don't see a product you would like to have?  Ask us to add it to the shop.  Chances are we are able and glad to do so!  Suggestions and feedback are always appreciated from our customers!     

The HB reeds are hand made by Heidi Brann. She is an accomplished oboist and teacher.  She has a flourishing studio, freelances and is the mother of three budding musicians.   A graduate of The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of the Zaidee T. Thomas Award in instrumental performance, she studied the oboe and reed making with Sara Watkins Shirley-Quirk.  Other influential teachers have been Juliane Strelau Koscinski, Jill West, Ray Still, Harry Sargous and John Mack.

Her musical studies on the oboe began at the age of 10, and included the bassoon at the age of 12.  As a soloist, she has performed in the United States and internationally in Russia, and Germany on both oboe and English horn.  She is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with conductors as influential as Marin Alsop, Richard Bradshaw, Catherine Comet, Leon Fleisher,  William McGlaughlin, Awadagin Pratt, and Jeffrey Tate. 

As an oboist, the reed making process was intriguing as she sought out many reed making styles to her own study of the reed by experimenting, logging information in reed notebooks, and sharing success, tips, and questions with fellow oboists. Her reeds are of exceptional quality, have a warm tone, even scale, and are hand made for you with the selection of diameter and strength. They give oboists the ability to bring a variety of color into their playing. We all know the oboe, the most difficult of all instruments, demands the highest quality reed. Heidi's reeds are now a source of great, colorful playing to oboists around the globe and she hopes you experience the same!

If you are interested in oboe, English horn, or reed making lessons in the greater Chicago area,  please contact Heidi via phone, email or the Contact Us page. 

For information about private lessons :

HB Oboe Studio  

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HB Oboe Reeds

Grayslake, IL 60030


Hours of operation:

online or email - 24/7

Phone or text - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. central time



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