About Magic Reed

Magic Reed has served the oboe community with "best in class" oboe reeds since 2007.  Our mission is to help make your musical performance the best it can be.  We offer student, intermediate, professional and custom options. We also have English horn, oboe d'amore and bassoon reeds of equal quality.  We have built a long-term inventory of beautiful oboe cane in a broad range of diameters and strengths in the service of our reed business. Whenever possible, we overfill our own inventory needs and make it available to the expert reed maker. We also keep a small inventory of top of the line used oboes at highly competitive prices. 

Our Products

Handmade Oboe Reeds

Handmade Oboe Reeds

We offer a full range of handmade professional and student oboe reeds.  Customers report that "they don't just speak- they sing".  They are warm, responsive and balanced to promote your best performance.  We feature an American scrape with more beef than is customary in the industry for a truly professional or near professional experience depending on grade... and they typically last longer too.   Current turnaround 3-5 days.

Professional Oboe Cane

Professional Oboe Cane

We have a wonderful core inventory of oboe cane- made possible because we are a small business and nimble in our cane procurement strategies. We don't market particular brands, and we do not place pre-orders for next year's harvest.  Cane is a fickle agricultural product with too much variability, both between and within harvests.  We seek out and test cane that balances our inventory and make swift investment decisions only when merited.  Our investments include surpluses which enables us to share our our bounty with the community. Our most loyal customers include principal oboists in major orchestras and other elite artists. 

English Horn & Oboe D'Amore Reeds

Handmade English Horn Reeds

Our English horn reeds and blanks are made to  performance standards and reflect the same quality and attention to detail as found in our oboe line.  They are designed for a bold, beautiful tone that includes plenty of nuance.

Our oboe d'amore reeds are 95% finished, leaving the final details to expert reed makers who just need a head start.   We use all the best materials with cane, staple and finishing options.

Bassoon Reeds & Cane

Handmade Bassoon Reeds and Cane

Greetings bassoonists!  We have launched this product line to take advantage of bassoon cane referrals through our network of oboists in major orchestras.  We will grow the bassoon reed category over time, and are starting with a collaboration with a sensational bassoon reed maker.

"Notable" Used Oboes For Sale

Used Oboes For Sale

We carry a small, highly select, inventory of used oboes in excellent condition.  They have all been fully serviced, and are destined to please the most discerning player.  They are offered at highly competitive prices, and usually under their appraised values.   Current inventory includes Laubin Rosewoods (2), Loree 125 and Howarth XLVT.

Meet Kathy Sheinhouse, Your Personal Reed Maker

Expert Oboe Reed Maker

Conservatory trained at Juilliard (Lois Wann) and Oberlin College (James Caldwell), with additional influences from Bert Lucarelli, Virginia Brewer and Jane Murray.  I love making oboe reeds.  Go figure.  I pride myself in balancing expert craftsmanship with sound business practices.  My advance planning and pipeline management result in one of the fastest order turnarounds in the business.  I am available for consultations.