Oboe Cane Gouged and Shaped

Magic Reed Professional Oboe Cane is a wonderful, harder strength professional cane that has earned rave reviews in the elite oboe community (see below).  It is harvested in the South of France and is dense; thick walled; tight fibers; harder (without being at all brittle), darker color with some marbling; resilient; easy to work with; with a density consistent with @115 tubes per pound.  High density cane like ours cost us 30% more per tube than low density canes from China and other geographies,  and we pass a portion of this alon in our pricing. This is our cane of choice for our own reed making needs.  Our on line menu includes professional and pre-professional grade cane with  cut-to-length, gouged, shaped and custom shaped options.  Student grade set aside from our other inventory and is available in limited quantities for teachers conducting reed clinics, and is priced at a steep discount.  Please contact us directly so we can discuss your needs and our inventory which is often limited.

Professionals seeking tube cane in orders of at least three pounds are welcome to contact us directly to discuss special order arrangements.

Oboe Cane Reviews

Magic Reed Oboe Cane Reviews

  • Magic Reed Oboe Cane Customers  are a "who's who" of top flight oboists from major symphonies, universities and the professional community.  Here are a some of their reviews.  
  • Dan Ross- 5/25/17  "Cane's great!" 
  • Bob Atherholt- 5/25/17  "It is a joy working with this cane.  It loves being scraped!"  
  • Scott Bell-"Over the years I have spent way too much money and time in pursuit of the "right" cane.  More recently, I have been very happy using cane from the Magic Reed.  It is a great relief to my sanity and pocketbook trusting that someone out there knows how to find great cane. I honestly don't have the skills to make decent reeds out of mediocre cane so finding cane like this  with the right texture and durability is critical in my process. 
  • Jim Mason- 2/27/17  " I got your cane and have been trying it and I really like it! It is a hard cane that acts like a soft one! I find that it really projects and can take a thin tip but stay "dark." It doesn't get grainy or chirpy like many hard canes do when you make the corners of the tip really thin. I will buy more!" 
  • Sherry Sylar- 3/3/17 "Thank you for sharing the best cane I have seen in 20 years". 
  • Dan W-"...The yield of straight pieces is very high. The texture, I would describe as tough and resilient rather than actually hard, which I usually correlate with being brittle. It consistently produces a fat, dark core..." 
  • Beth Aiken- 5/2/17 "I found good pieces from every tube so far.  They gouge very nicely and evenly.  I have had good luck turning reed blanks into very responsive reeds.  Thank you for letting me know about this wonderful cane". 
  • MingJia Liu (San Francisco)  "I made 10 out of 10 great reeds from your cane.  How much more can I have?" All of his colleagues at SFO now use our cane. 
  • Peter Cooper- Colorado-"Great cane.  I would like to buy three pounds for my students". 
  • Mickenna Kellar-  "Nancy King has been raving about the quality of your cane.  I must try some". 
  • Dorothy Darlington-​ "I haven't seen anything like this in years".  


Check out this great video on cane processing

The Cost Of Cane

A Word About Our Pricing Structure

Great Cane Purchased At Its Peak

Great cane like ours does not come around every day, and frankly, we were lucky to find it.  Buying a pound of cane in not a big risk for most people.  Buying 30/50 or 120 is a significant risk, and we need to be sure that we have the best cane at its peak. Otherwise, we would be happy to buy a 6-12 month supply at a time.  When we take an initial sample, we first test it ourselves, and if it passes, get consensual validation from the market.  Then we have to buy as much as we can afford in a short period of time (for us, it was the first half of 2017).  We have sold out of our inventory allocated to tube cane sales, with the remaining inventory to be used for our own reed making needs and the sale of processed cane on  this site.When there is a finite amount of really good cane that growers are likely to sell through, wholesale pricing is not offered, and international shipping and exchange rates increase costs even more.   We have allocated most for our own reed making needs and but have saved some to share with the oboe community in processed form.

The Impact Of Yield On Costs and Pricing

There are four categories of yield that effect our costs and pricing.

  1.  Total harvest/overall yield of the cane field.  Combined with quality, this dictates the grower's ability to sell through their harvest without buyer incentives.  There are no available discounts from our supplier.
  2. Tube length and density yield.  Longer and denser tubes yield fewer partially and fully processed slips of cane.  As an example, we have used cane from China in the past that yielded 160 tubes per pound. The cane that I use now yields 120 tubes per pound.  At an equal cost per pound and  quality my cane costs 25% more and this impacts pricing (I prefer this cane hands down).
  3. Tube quality effects the amount of usable slips, and the grade distribution.  Quality is based on both texture and shape.  I don't know anyone who would want 200 tubes/per pound of unusable cane.  But, when consistency problems are offset by exceptional texture and great outcomes of a smaller yield, this is often preferred by professionals.  In our case, we do the work of managing  our inventory, selecting the best cane for our customers, and in doing so,  absorb the quality risk so you don't have to.  This affects price.
  4. Processing shrinkage- each stage of cane processing yields information about the quality of the cane.  Each step has 2 key questions: whether to keep or toss; and how to grade.  Lots of cane doesn't make it to the gouger, and then there is some that doesn't make it through the gouger.  Most cane makes it through the shaper.  Hand processing coupled with the enforcement of high quality standards is a labor intensive,  premium service.