ALL ABOUT OUR OBOE CANE

At Magic Reed, we put extraordinary oboe cane in the hands, and under the knives, of elite professionals and their students.  Here is why we are different:

  • We sample and pre-test all cane we buy, and are willing to pay premiums for cane that meets or exceeds our high standards.
  • We make significant investments in great cane from one grower at a time. When we have an opportunity to over-fill our own reed making requirements, which include purchases of cane outside our preferred size,  we share our bounty with the oboe community at large.  
  • Since we use the same cane we sell,  we know every corner of our inventory.  Our best customers (which include some of the most elite professional oboists in the country) trust our recommendations and welcome our outreach.  
  • Our core cane business consists of  Magic Reed (private labelled) inventory purchased during the first half of 2017.  It has been described by some highly respected professionals as "the best cane in 20 years".  Most of our remaining inventory is in the 10.5-11  size, and available in processed form only.  We have built our 2019 inventory with some beautiful harder cane  with an exceptional yield.  It comes from the Frejus area of France, and is so scarce that we can only purchase a few kilos at a time.   We have some 10-10.5 tube cane for sale.  Most is allocated to processed cane sales and finished Magic Reeds.
  • We process all cane in-house with precision, including multiple sorts by wall thickness, hardness (flex test), diameter, gouge and conformation.  Our equipment inclues an RDG gouging machine (60/45 +/-) and Reeds n Stuff shaping machine with Mac ++, Brannen X, Samson + and Liang options.
  • We offer tube cane in the elite grade, and offer processed cane in elite and conservatory grades .  It is highly sorted based on size, conformation, quality and yield.  It is assigned the most favorable prices possible that will allow us to sustain this business category.  As we are not a full service cane house, and make significant investments in one source at a time (regardless of its price) buyers should expect to pay a premium vs. other companies engaged in this business.

Oboe Cane Reviews

Cane Selection Tips

Choosing Diameter

Oboe tube cane diameter considerations.

We offer cane in 10-10.5 and 10.5-11 diameters.  Larger diameters result in smaller apertures.  Smaller apertures are usually better for players who do not cover, or prefer more restraint in their projection.  Smaller diameters result in larger apertures, and typically benefit from stronger embouchures.  Consider your humidity and altitude when making a decision.

Choosing Strength

Oboe cane strength, density, wall thickness considerations.

Typically, harder strength cane requires advanced, more nuanced reed making skills.  These reeds last longer, but they may require a break-in period, and frequent adjustments.  Medium strength cane is easier to work with, and is generally not offended by streamlined reed making techniques.  Soft cane may not gouge easily, collapses, and does not last long, and does not have the richness of harder canes.  We do not sell soft cane at Magic Reed.

Choosing Shape

 Oboe cane shape considerations

Narrow shapes tend to sit up in pitch, but they also can end up on the bright side without advanced reed making skills.  Wide shapes tend to much warmer, but little flatter than narrower options.  This can usually be mitigated with  length and other finishing techniques.