Magic Reed was founded in 2007, and has been serving the oboe community with "best in class" oboe reeds to promote extraordinary performances at every level.
Making oboe reeds from scratch means that we can control the many variables that effect results. There is nothing cookie cutter about our process. We only use the best cane in the world, and buyers have a choice of medium, medium to medium hard and medium hard to hard strengths for their pro models. We choose 10.5 and 10.5-11 diameters for our reeds. Our cane processing has strict quality controls and we only use those slips that are likely to create no-fuss reeds that, to the extent possible, do not require after sale wrangling. We use our experience to assess the fold, and match our staple inventory of brands, sizes and lengths to expected embouchure strength by grade, and by individual preference with the pro models. We have a broad inventory of 46 mm and 47 mm staples that can be paired with custom reeds that increase choices in shape without sacrificing pitch. Finally, we apply an American scrape to our reeds, but are flexible in finishing to address the natural variations in function relative to the cane we use. This is our recipe for success.
We tend to use somewhat harder cane than is typical for professional reed makers, and build in more beef relative to grade. This is our preference and understand that it might not be right for everyone. This is a more difficult reed to make for us, but we like it because harder carne that is properly processed allows for a more nuanced scrape resulting in a rich tone, stable pitch, and greater longevity. It also gives the user the opportunity to lighten to taste if necessary.