A friend of mine in band switched from clarinet to oboe, and I always wanted to learn the oboe, myself. I played hers a little, and I thought it was easier to get a nice tone from than my clarinet. I didn't have a problem with it being a double reed instrument. In fact, I thought I squeaked much worse on my single reed clarinet.
Double reeds are expensive little devils, though, and it would have been a job for my parents to keep me in reeds. You could get single reeds for a clarinet for 50 cents apiece at the band instrument store and I usually got three at a time. Those would go for about six weeks before I needed another set.
It was always amusing to go into the band room before practice. You could spot the woodwind players immediately -- they always had a reed in their mouths, getting it good and moist before practice started.