What is the "tip" of an oboe reed?

Is the upper part of the hole of the reed or the bottom part?

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    Think 'tip of the tongue...'
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 21:58

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The tip of a reed usually refer to the front edge. For an oboe, that includes both upper and lower parts of the reed. Here's a diagram:

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Stolen from https://www.crookandstaple.com/pages/how-to-adjust-oboe-reeds

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