Oboe Reed Reviews

Magic Reed is nationally recognized as having one of the very best handmade oboe reeds on the market.  Our customers include touring professionals, teachers, pre-professionals and aspiring students.  The following are a small sample of the rave oboe reed reviews and feedback we receive on a regular basis.




  • Amy Richter- "I've been teaching oboe privately for over 40 years and do not have time to make reeds for my students since I am a full-time school band director. I started using Magic Reeds with my students a couple of years ago and have been very pleased. The reeds respond easily and the opening is closed enough that my students do not have to struggle to play them. Recently Magic Reed has darkened the sound on the reeds a bit, which my students and I really like. The Magic Reed company is customer-friendly and I always receive my reeds undamaged and very quickly".
  • ​Virginia Brewer-(P)  "I have been using Kathy's reeds in concert for years, and enjoy their warmth, response and stability.  She is my go-to reed maker for my important events".
  • Marion Matravers- "...Yours are clearly the best. I probably told you this with the order, but I had not played since jr. high thru college yrs. - and am now (mostly) retired. Thus, no embouchure = soft reeds. Found a local teacher; we  studied the reeds I have and she pointed out what structural factors make yours better..."
  • Emily J (I)- "This is a really great reed.  Closer in quality to some of the pro reeds I have sampled.  I will purchase again."
  • RKat (S)-"My daughter plays the oboe.   She loves this reed and it has lasted much longer than others that are not handmade."​
  • Sandy, Saddle River (I)- I have tried so many oboe reeds looking for one that would help me sound good.  Both my teacher and me were always disappointed, until I bought a Magic Reed.  She didn't have to do anything to it to make it work really well, and I never sounded better.  I have mored from second oboe to first oboe in my school band and I can't wait to play."
  • LC- "I am delighted by the quality of the reeds I bought and my students are enjoying them as well.  In some cases, I was surprised just how good my students sounded- impossible without a good reed.  Thanks again."
  • Max S- "Great reed.  First time user.  Everything I need and more.  It is a whole new experience to play a handmade pro reed.  Now I know what I have been missing."
  • Robert M- Pro reed has consistently exceeded my expectations.  It is rich, warm and responsive.  I have never found another reed on the market that is this good.  It is a truly professional reed worthy of a professional player."


Oboe Cane Reviews

Leading Artists and Educators Love Our Oboe 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 (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".