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Sorton Oboe Shaper Tip

Through reedmaker

This contemporary oboe shaper is a reproduction of Robert Sorton’s favorite shaper tip, and is the same shape he uses in his successful reedmaking business. He first got this tip while studying with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music, but modified it to suit his professional playing requirements. It later became a key tool in his reed making business. When his customers starting asking how they could make reeds like his, he asked Westwind to help. This tip faithfully reproduces his original and is available through:


The Sorton Reed Works
Phone: (740) 587-1603
Fax: (740) 587-0752
Open 9-5 Eastern, Monday through Friday
Call during business hours, please!


Westwind shaper tips—the best shapes made better. Unlike shaper tips made using traditional machining techniques, Westwind shaper tips use state of the art production techniques to ensure unsurpassed consistency, durability, and symmetry.

  • Our precision production techniques ensure consistency. If you ever break or lose your tip, you can get another one exactly like it.
  • Our tips are made of the highest-grade tool steel and the ears get a special treatment to improve durability. If your tip ever breaks, simply return it and we’ll send you a new one. No questions asked!  
  • All of our shaper tips are perfectly symmetrical across the centerline in order to reduce the risk of leakage on one side of the reed.



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About Robert Sorton

Robert Sorton is Professor of Oboe at The Ohio State University, where he founded OBOHIO—The Double Reed Consort—in 1990. After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, he earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees, summa cum laude, from the Cleveland Institute of Music. For fourteen years, he was Assistant Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony.


Since 2000, he has served as Principal and Solo Oboe of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where he also teaches and coaches. Since 2001, he has taught and coached at the Roanoke Youth Symphony Summer Institute. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Sorton was Principal and Solo Oboe of the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra of the Eastern Music Festival.


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