The Big Picture: Oboe Reed-Making Lab

(Image by L. Brian Stauffer/UI Public Affairs)

The Illinois campus is home to many intriguing if seldom-seen little nooks and crannies, perhaps none more esoteric than the Oboe Reed-Making Lab in the basement of the Music Building. Here, oboe artisans construct double reeds, styling and refining their mouthpieces to personal perfection.