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Finding the oboe or English horn shaper tip that’s just right for you is easier than you think. Choosing a tip usually means a lot of trial and error because every player is unique, but we think we’ve found a better way. With a variety of proven shapes to choose from, more meaningful comparison tools, and a 30 day risk-free trial, Westwind makes it faster and easier to pursue your perfect reed.

 




About
Westwind Double Reed

Precision reed making tools for
oboe and English horn since 1992


 

"Ever since our meeting in
New York many years ago,
I have continued to be
impressed by Bob Hubbard's commitment to precisely
engineered shaper tips that
are virtually indestructible.
I especially like the way
the ears flow
smoothly
into the body of the shaper, enabling
greater ease of use
and a more consistent result."

Joe Robinson
Former Principal Oboe
New York Philharmonic;
Distinguished Visiting Professor
of Oboe, Lynn University

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Why try a Westwind shaper tip?

Proven shapes
We manufacture classic shapes and precise copies of shaper tips used by renowned players.

Meaningful comparisons
Our unique comparison chart gives you side-by-side comparisons of measurements that matter.

30-day, risk free trial
Order any tip from our online catalog. Give it a 30 day trial. If it’s not the right one for you, you'll get a refund or exchange. We'll pay US shipping both ways!

State of the art techniques
Westwind shaper tips offer unsurpassed consistency, durability, and symmetry.

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Try something different
Use our comparison chart. If you’re mostly happy with your current shape, try something a little different.   If you’re looking for a big change, take the leap.

Own your first shaper tip
Don't have a shaper tip yet? Order the tip that matches your shaped cane or ask your teacher. If you're looking for a safe bet, we recommend the Pfeiffer-Mack which is the classic mid-range tip.

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Oboe

Tip
+23mm
Throat
+12mm
Belly
+5mm
Wrap
0mm
Adam Samson +3 6.9 6.5 5.5 5.1
RDG - 1 6.9 6.5 5.8 5.1
Westwind RDG-Mack M* 6.9 6.5 5.8 5.1
Westwind RDG-Mack M+* 6.9 6.6 5.9 5.1
RDG #1 6.9 6.6 5.9 5.1
Westwind RDG-Mack M++* 6.9 6.6 5.9 5.1
Adam Joshua +2 6.9 6.7 5.6 5.1
Westwind Lucarelli  6.9 6.7 6.0 5.1
Westwind Hubbard Z 7.0 6.5 5.9 5.1
Adam Samson +1 7.0 6.6 5.6 5.1
Westwind Sorton* 7.0 6.6 5.9 5.1
Westwind Pfeiffer-Mack 7.0 6.6 5.9 5.1
Adam Caleb -1 7.0 6.7 5.5 5.1
Adam Joshua +4 7.0 6.7 5.7 5.1
Westwind Brannen X 7.0 6.7 6.0 5.1
Westwind Robinson 7.1 6.8 5.9 5.1
Westwind de Lancie 7.2 6.7 5.9 5.1

English Horn

Tip
+23mm
Throat
+13mm
Belly
+3mm
Wrap
0mm
Coehlo 7.8 7.3 6.4 6.0
Westwind Minsker-Lickman* 8.0 7.3 6.4 6.0
RDG -1 8.1 7.5 6.4 6.0
Westwind Brannen 8.2 7.6 6.3 6.0
Westwind Giacobassi 8.2 7.6 6.4 6.0
Stacy 8.3 7.7 6.4 6.0
RDG #1 8.3 7.7 6.5 6.0

* The RDG-Mack, Sorton, and Minsker-Lickman tips are sold exclusively through named resellers. Their return policies vary, but they do support shaper tip trials. Click on a  details button to learn more about a tip, get pricing, and find reseller contact information.

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About this chart

No comparison chart can ever tell the full story, but we think we've found a better approach. While most shaper tip comparison charts start from the wide end of the shape, our charts compare the shapes from the spot where the cane closes at the top of the wrap so you can do more meaningful side-by-side comparisons at the most critical measurement points: tip, belly, and throat.

In the charts above, shaper tip widths are ranked generally from narrow-to-wide across all tips. Because each tip has unique differences in the curve of the shape and the rate of the taper, these charts help you identify and test multiple tips with similar measurements. Measurements are shown in tenths of a millimeter to protect proprietary information. Noticeable differences, however, show up in the hundredths and sometimes thousandths of a millimeter.

These charts compare Westwind shaper tips as well as several other popular brands and models. The measurements reflect actual data collected from real tips measured by Westwind on an extremely accurate measurement device.

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Wide or Narrow?

A wider tip will give you a
fatter sound in the bottom of
the range while a narrower tip
will give you more control in
the upper octaves, but
there's a world of subtle
difference in the middle...
and much depends upon
your unique requirements.

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We measure
from the wrap

Our charts compare the shapes
from the spot where the cane
closes at the top of the wrap.
That's about 5.1 mm wide for
Oboe and 6.0 mm for English
Horn, which are typical
wrap points for Loree staples.

Even if you use a different
staple our approach will
still make it easier to
compare shapes.

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