Oboe Cane - The Magic Reed Difference

About Our Oboe Cane

At Magic Reed, we put extraordinary cane in the hands, and under the knives, of elite professionals and their students.  We are proud that we have earned the trust of some of the country's most discriminating reed makers.  Here's why:

  • We have a long-term inventory of extraordinary oboe cane dating back to 2015.  
  • Each year, we rebalance our cane inventories with one major purchase based on customer demand and our own reed making needs. 
  • We seek certain strengths and make our investment only after pre-testing the yield based on multiple variables and assessing the merits of a finished reed when we use it.  We like to buy cane that is typically not available through regular retail channels.
  • We use the same cane we sell and are as happy to keep it as to sell it- it is that good.
  • We keep our gouged and shaped cane prices highly competitive. Our tube cane carries a premium price, due to its scarcity and the lost opportunity of using it ourselves or selling it in processed form.  Some of the best players in the country tell us they would actually buy our cane at any price.

More About Our Professional Oboe Cane

Our Oboe Cane Menu

  • Magic Reed (M-MH and MH-H) represents our core inventory.  It was all purchased in the first half of 2017.  It was heralded as "the best cane in 20 years", so we bought a lot and launched a business.  The remaining inventory is primarily 10.5 and 10.5-11.  It is available in tube, gouged and shaped forms.
  • Frejus (M-MH and MH-H) was added to our inventory in 2018.  This is a wonderful cane that produces great reeds with less effort relative to strength.  It is very scarce, and very expensive.  I begged, borrowed... to get it, and bought all that was made available.  Diameters are 10-10.5 and 10.5-11.
  •  "Italia" is new for 2019.  We offer it in a medium strength, and in 10-10.5 and 10.5-11 diameters. We searched for a superb, no-fuss, all-weather cane, and are thrilled with this discovery.  To our knowledge, we are the only company in the states offering this cane.
  • We carry cane in elite and conservatory grades; and, in tube, gouged and shaped forms.
  • We have certain limited inventory options that we offer in direct consultation with our customers.


Our Processing Protocol:

  • All tube and processed cane is highly sorted and processed to exacting standards- including hardness, density, diameter gouge and final conformation.
  • We gouge on RDG gougers with a 60/45 ratio
  • We offer a regular shape (right now Liang) and the following custom shapes: Mac++, BrannenX, Samson +, RDG -1, Lucarelli, Westwind M & Z.

Leading Artists & Educators Love Our Cane

  • 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-  "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".