Tip Top Tipple: Oboe Reeds

Calling all Oboists!

There are some new reeds on the scene. For years, we’ve seen Winfield, Jones and Emerald rule the roost of popular reeds – but is that about to change?

Let us introduce Tipple Reeds! English company Tipple hand-make oboe reeds from hand-gouged Cogolin cane, tied to 47mm brass staples – if this means anything to you oboe players (which it should!). They are now available to purchase on our website or in-store.


Meet the Team – Nick (Woodwind Specialist)

Hi, I’m Nick and I’m one of the Woodwind Specialists here at Dawkes…It was early 1980-something in a stiflingly hot class room in Adelaide, South Australia. The dawn of a new school year was upon me and as I approached my new desk I saw something on it. What was it? I was unfamiliar with the long object before me with its funny little holes staring at me like a bird of prey circling a defenceless rabbit. It was a recorder. No, no, no, no!!!!! (more…)

Flute Playing Videos: AIR SUPPORT pt.2 with Krzysztof Kaczka (5/10)

Our fifth video in this Flute Technique series focusses on another exercise to improve your breathing and air support. This is the fifth of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.


Meet the Team – Ana (Repair Dept)

Hi, I’m Ana! I moved from Lisbon, Portugal to England to study a 3 year Woodwind Instrument-Making and Repair Course at Newark College which is Internationaly known, recognised and valued among the industry. I believe for that reason I was accepted to join the team at Dawkes Music Workshop plus the passion I have to put the knowledge and skills into each repair.


Meet the Team – Jocelyn (Repair Dept)

Hi, I’m Jocelyn, one of the Repair Technicians at Dawkes who works on both woodwind and brass instruments.