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It’s easy during the holiday season to think that a gift certificate from the local school service music store is enough to remember your favorite someone who loves to play a woodwind instrument. However, this holiday season, consider taking the extra step to shop with a specialty woodwind retailer who probably has 2-4 decades of experience on just their instrument and is far more likely to be a best-in-class choice for gift giving and better music making.

Better Clarinet and Saxophone Reeds

Looking for a great new reed to gift a friend? If you know someone who plays the Clarinet or Saxophone, and loves cane reeds- especially when they all play in the box- try Gonzalez Reeds. Run by the Gonzalez family in Argentina, choose from 3 different styles: Classic, Friends of Friends (FOF) and GD. The cane is well seasoned and truly superior in can quality and playability. They also sell oboe and bassoon cane.

Find the reed comparison chart here: https://www.gonzalezreeds.com.au/reed-comparison

SHOP: https://www.gonzalezreeds.com/shop/

One Amazing Reed Case

If you really want your reeds to last and play better for longer, consider the HumidiPro Reed Care Case designed to prolong the playing life of your reeds by providing the ideal humidity-controlled environment.  Lomax Classic has developed a super new reed case that will keep your reeds at a constant stable level of moisture while also preventing the harmful “wetting and drying cycle” which speeds up the aging process and also causes the reed to warp. Their newest clarinet reed case holds 15 single reeds safely and securely, and includes a digital hygrometer/thermometer and a humidipak that will last for many months at a time. It also features a replaceable reed holder.

SHOP: https://lomaxclassic.com/index.php/product/humidipro-clarinet-reed/

Hand Made Double Reeds is the Only Way to Grow!

Like most professional oboists, Jennett Ingle makes her own reeds.  Since 1998 she has been offering her oboe reeds for sale to the public.  While she doesn’t sell “student” or “beginner” reeds per se – every reed is made with the same high-quality cane that she uses for herself.  She sells oboe, English horn, and oboe d’amore reeds.

SHOP: https://jennetingle.com/store/

Gift the Gift of Knowledge to Build a Thriving Music Career

And if by chance you are looking for a great read (no pun intended), don’t forget to but a copy of The Happiest Musician: How to Thrive in Your Creative Career, from her as well.

For too many musicians and creative people, life in our capitalist society feels like a struggle. They are undervalued, underappreciated, and underpaid. But this does not have to be the case!

SHOP: https://jennetingle.com/book/

Develop Your Flute Career with Flute 360

Dr. Heidi Kay Begay enjoys mentoring creative artists who want to level-up within their careers. Past and current creative help includes (but is not limited to) editing career documents, marketing strategies, technical aide with recording equipment, career advice, and much more! If you would like to help a flutist you love flourish, consider purchasing a coaching session or package for them.

SHOP: https://heidikaybegay.com/product-category/coaching-for-musicians/

Best Place to Buy Clarinet Music

Clarinetist, Cameron Hewes was frustrated with the current ways of searching for clarinet repertoire.  ‘It’s easy to find endless, painstaking details about the latest rice cooker on the internet, but there is no consistency or depth in the information about musical works for the clarinet.’

Whether you’re planning your next recital program or building curriculum for your studio, or your classroom, CAMCO will provide you with the best search tools to find the perfect piece for Bb, A, Eb, Bass, Alto or Contrabass Clarinet.

SHOP: https://www.clarinetallmusic.com/

Clarinet Artwork You Will Love to Gift!

The image for this article was created by Cameron Hewes from CAMCO as well and is for sale through his website.  He offers some wonderfully clever entertaining pins and artwork for sale that will surely delight.

SHOP: https://www.clarinetallmusic.com/collections/art-prints

All I Want for The Holidays Is My Own Woodwind Instrument

If you are looking to gift a musical instrument, there are no better places to shop then these fine woodwind specialty retailers. While they may not be local to you, allowing them to serve you through the mail will be sure to delight whoever is lucky to work with them.

Flute

The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company has served the flute world since 1996. At Carolyn’s you will find exquisite new and used flutes for sale, piccolos, professional repairs & service.

SHOP: https://www.flute4u.com/

Clarinet

Lisa’s Clarinet Shop has been helping clarinetists sound and play their best for over 4 decades. Owned by a professional clarinetist, and staffed by all professional clarinetists, you can work with a clarinet consultant or with the owner herself, Lisa Canning to find the perfect instrument.

SHOP: https://lisasclarinetshop.com/ or https://getserio.com/

Saxophone

As saxophone players at the Boston Sax Shop, they know it’s all about the little things. The details that go unnoticed by almost everyone else is what separates a good product from a great one. Boston Sax Shop cares about those details and strives to solve problems with each of their designs.

SHOP: https://www.bostonsaxshop.com/

Oboe

Whether you play in a professional orchestra, or a community group or high school band, Shawna Lake’s professional experience as a performer, is sure to help you or your student find the perfect instrument that will fit your concept of reed vibration and tonal production.

SHOP: https://www.oboechicago.com/

Bassoon

Midwest Musical Imports has an exceptionally large selection of bassoons. Their team of bassoon specialists is highly knowledgeable and passionate and will take the time to understand your playing style, budget and preference and match them to the perfect instrument for you or your student.

SHOP: https://www.mmimports.com/product-category/bassoon-instruments/new-bassoons/

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season of music making and thoughtful gift giving!

Lisa Canning, lisa@lisasclarinetshop.com