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Magic Reed Oboe Reeds

Best Oboe Reeds For Players Seeking A Robust Structure,  Extra Nuance & Expression


  • The Magic Reed Oboe Reed brand is the cornerstone of my business, which was launched in 2007.  Reeds are handmade from scratch, 100% hand scraped, and finished to order. They feature an Original Scrape and construction that is designed for a more robust, meaty response. 
  • These oboe reeds are made exclusively with my Var cane inventory-most of which is from my prized 2017 stock.  I draw from true medium to medium hard strengths with a range of higher densities to achieve desired results. 
  • Reeds are made with an American long scrape.
  • Every reed receives dozens of micro adjustments and quality tests in order to qualify for shipment.
  • There is nothing like them on the market. My construction increases the degree of nuanced scraping that the reeds can accept while lengthening their lifespan. All of this is only possible with expert reed maker skills, which is one reason this is a premium priced reed.
  • My process supports the optimum balance of the four pillars of the oboe reed: stability, pitch, tone and response.

Experience Level:

  • Magic Reed Oboe Reeds are available in student, intermediate, professional and custom grades. Student reed customers will benefit from at lease 6 months of playing experience and be working with a private teacher. Others will enjoy these reeds with developing to expert embouchures, and should upgrade when they can manage the increased structure and detect improvements in sound quality commensurate with the higher price tag.
  • Players will find subtle increases in reed aperture size coupled with improvements in warmth, roundness of tone and dynamic range as they go up grade levels.
  • These reeds are enjoyed most by those who prefer extra beef in their reeds and have a somewhat stronger embouchure and greater windspeed to fully take advantage of the reed's capability.  
  • Players seeking a more free-blowing experience should look at the First Chair brand. Those seeking a fine reed with a discount price tag will find it with the Reed Monkey brand.

Construction/Scrape Details:

  • I draw from the best cane from my inventory and process it with precision for optimum results. Cane is sorted for quality, conformation, diameter, strength and density and then matched with my objectives.
  • Medium range shape (currently  Mack ++). Additional shapes available for custom models.
  • Mounted on a professional Chiarugi 47 mm staple with a natural cork and brass core. I draw from #2 and #2+ as needed to manage aperture size.
  • Tie length is 73 mm. Cane is offset from the staple median by a couple of degrees to create extra torque in the tie.
  • Professional Reeds receive up to 3 scrape/drying cycles, as needed.  Student reeds receive up to 2 drying cycles as needed.  
  • Reeds are finished with a defined heart and tip. The heart is @.40 mm in thickness along the sides of the spine. The rest of the scrape depends on what is needed in pursuit of the four pillars described above.  Finished length target is 70mm. It is never longer, and sometimes 69.5 to address pitch issues.
  • No two reeds are ever exactly the same, and in multiple reed orders one will always be best.  
  • Tested in two rooms with and without carpet on a Loree 125 oboe. Reed prep instructions are included. When I test reeds, I try to replicate the embouchure of the player I expect to purchase it, not my own. If it is not a fit, I start over.

Note: I am blessed with an incredible inventory of oboe cane that has been acquired in large batches since 2015.  They originate from three different regions of France- Var, Avignon and Frejus (my Select cane is sourced outside of France).  Each is highly capable, but achieve subtle differences in tone color, response and other attributes.  I have found there there is enough of a difference to separate them by oboe cane brand. Of course, great reeds cannot be cloned, and there will always be some differences from one reed to another (even within a brand that manages materials). This improves consistency across orders.