Only the most select cane from the Mediterranean basin is used in the Jones Artist Oboe reeds. The Artist reed is designed for intermediate to advanced players. They utilize the traditional long scrape preferred in the United States, allowing each player to grow into the full range of the oboe. The Artist Oboe Reed is tuned to 440 hz. The “Crow” of each reed is adjusted to an exact pitch, and the reed is played throughout the range on a professional oboe.
Dr. Jones began the company, Jones, in 1963 in Arizona while he was working in the music department at the University of Arizona. He and his wife, Virginia, moved up to Spokane in 1967, when he accepted a position at Eastern Washington University. During his 27 years at EWU, Dr. Jones was a the maestro of the EWU Symphony Orchestra for 14 years, and was a recipient of the prestigious University Trustee’s Medal of Honor in 1981. Dr. Jones composed two pieces commissioned by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and served as the principal bassoonist until 1994 when he retired and Lynne Feller-Marshall won the position. Dr. Jones and Dr. Feller-Marshall developed a friendship and Dr. Jones began supporting Dr. Feller-Marshall when she began Bassoonarama, an annual bassoon camp for players of all levels. Dr. Jones supported and enjoyed participating in the camp each year he was able. Dr. Feller-Marshall has now begun supporting what Dr. Jones started, and has taken on the role as lead bassoon tester at Jones Double Reed Products, helping the company Dr. Jones founded to continue to provide quality bassoon reed.