Meet Your Reed Maker

Kathy Sheinhouse, Professional Oboist,  Reed Maker, and Business Owner

Kathy Sheinhouse, Reed Maker and Business Owner

Kathy is a professional oboist and oboe reed maker who received her musical training at Juilliard and Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Lois Wann and James Caldwell- with additional  influences from some of America's most premier artists (Lucarelli, Brewer and others). She enjoyed a freelance career where she was a featured soloist with area orchestras and Wind Symphonies, and founded smaller ensembles, including Sirius Wind Quintet to give back to the community.  She has recently added the study of piano to her musical passions.

Kathy also earned masters degrees in business management and counseling psychology and has enjoyed a rich professional life both in and outside music.  She prides herself on a strong customer service orientation, precision craftsmanship, and a philosophy of continuous improvement.

The sale of oboe reeds and cane is a fickle business.  There are lots of variables we have to think about, and manage.  These include the cane which is an agricultural product whose size, strength and density is variable; our cane processing strategies and techniques;  our point of view coupled with our scraping strategies; and creating enough choices so that we can match your playing style.  What a challenge, but   what fun!

Magic Reed has been serving the needs of the oboe community since 2007, and Kathy plans to continue to enrich the musical lives of our customers for many years to come.

Business Philosophy

We have chosen a business model that keeps us small, highly focused, hands-on and relationship driven.  We know that this is a winning formula for our customers.  We focus on products that are supported by our core competences, and that are truly differentiated in the market.   This includes: reeds with a bolder professional structure, great cane in the harder end of the continuum; and, used oboes that any pro would want to play, and at very attractive prices.

Here Are Some Of The Things We Care About:

Focus On Quality– All the best, including materials, finished products and even packaging.  We put in the time and have the quality controls to stand behind every product we sell.

Customer Service– If you have a question or have a concern you can contact Kathy by e-mail or telephone.

Satisfaction Guarantees– If you are not happy, we will make it right.

Fastest Turnaround In The Business–Usually 3-5 days, and every order comes with an invoice.

Oboe (ist) Education- Check out our backlinks and blog with a wealth of information on reed making, oboe centric decision making,  general  musical development, and much more.

We would be thrilled to partner with you to help you to sound your best, express yourself musically, and pursue your own extraordinary musical life.  In return for your trust, we promise to: be here when you need us (including e-mail and telephone access); make reeds that meet or exceed your expectations (with satisfaction guarantees);  give you the most customized result possible based on the information you provide us; and ship your order within 3-5 days which requires less  lead time from you to plan for your important events and everyday needs. 


Need To Talk? We Are Happy To Hear From You

Our work hours depend on orders, and are not fixed.  Telephone consultations are accepted during regular business hours, and messages are returned within 24 hours.  Rush orders are usually unnecessary, because our turnaround time is less than 5 days, and usually three.  

Telephone:  914-630-4006

Contact By Mail

723-D Larchmont Acres East

Larchmont, NY  10538

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