Our Magic Oboe Cane

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 tube cane dating back to 2015.  
  • We seek certain strengths and make our investment only after pre-testing the yield based on multiple variables and, including the merits of its finished reed .  Our cane is generally not available through regular retail channels in the USA.  In doing so, we improve quality control and better manage our pipelines in preparation for cane and reed orders.
  • We use the same cane we sell and are as happy to keep it as to sell it- it is that good.
  • Our cane is processed in house and is available in shaped, gouged, split and trimmed, cut-to-length and tube (when available) forms.  

More About Our Professional Oboe Cane

Our Oboe Cane Menu

  • Var (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 ( MH-MH+) 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.
  • Orient (M-MH)- This cane is better for us than other canes from this region in that the fibers are tighter, and the cane is somewhat harder.  The cane is just right for experienced reed makers who like extra beef without too much extra effort.
  • We offer cane in gouged and shaped forms. 


Our Processing Protocol:

  • All  cane is highly sorted and processed to exacting standards- including hardness, density, diameter gouge and final conformation.
  • We gouge on Kunibert gougers with a RDG option, both with a 60/45 ratio dry on medium strength cane.  Harder cane may have a 60/45 ratio wet.
  • We offer a regular shape (right now Liang) and the following custom shapes: Mac++, BrannenX, Samson.  All shapes are made on a Reeds n Stuff shaping machine.  We prefer this to hand shaping because of improved consistency and a better, more informative fold.

Leading Artists & Educators Love Our Cane

  • Dan Ross- 5/25/17  "Cane's great!"   In memorium.  We love you Dan!
  • 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".  

Used Oboe & Equipment For Sale

Loree Royal 125

Loree Royal 125 For Sale

Beautiful oboe in excellent condition.  Best of the Royal Models, and with gold trim.  $7800 includes three month reed subscription.  Call for details.

Kunibert Michel Oboe Pre-Gouger 11 mm Bed

Kunibert Michel Pre-Gouger For Sale

Great pre-gouger in excellent condition.  Comes with one new and one nearly new blade.  This machine prefers medium strength cane delivered dry.  11 mm bed.  $600.