Magic Reed is committed to a reed making process that focuses on results. We balance tone, response & pitch through expert craftsmanship, superior materials, testing, and quality control. They play better (typically over grade), are more consistent, more reliable, and more durable than most on the market.
Professional reed making differs from personal reed making in that we have to meet the needs of players across a proficiency spectrum. To do this, we make all of our oboe reeds from scratch. This allows us to control the many variables that effect results. We draw from all corners of our professional grade cane inventory and match it with the just right professional staple to better manage strength, aperture size, pitch, balance and response without too much wrangling. We apply an American scrape to our reeds, and are flexible in finishing (especially in terms of the degree definition of the parts). This is because harder cane permits more definition than softer cane in order to maintain pitch and response. While this process is standard for us, it is not employed by all professional reed makers, and this is one reason why our customers are so loyal to us.
We tend to use somewhat harder cane with professional grade reeds, and build in more beef than most others in the marketplace. This is our personal preference and understand that it might not be right for everyone. This is a more difficult reed to make for us, but we like it because harder cane that is properly processed has the capacity for a more nuanced scrape resulting in a rich tone, stable pitch, and greater longevity. It also gives the user the opportunity to lighten to taste if necessary. Our student reeds are actually very difficult to make. Our goal is to make a playable reed without sacrificing too much structure resulting in a saggy reed. Student reed customers with a teacher enjoy our reeds the most. Our reeds generally require a break-in period, and they generally last much longer than most alternatives.
Kathy is a professional oboist and oboe reed maker who received her musical training at Juilliard and Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Lois Wann and James Caldwell- with additional influences from some of America's most premier artists (Lucarelli, Brewer and others). She enjoyed a freelance career where she was a featured soloist with area orchestras and Wind Symphonies, and founded smaller ensembles, including Sirius Wind Quintet to give back to the community. She has recently added the study of piano to her musical passions.
Kathy also earned masters degrees in business management and counseling psychology and has enjoyed a rich professional life both in and outside music. She prides herself on a strong customer service orientation, precision craftsmanship, and a philosophy of continuous improvement.
We have chosen a business model that keeps us small, highly focused, hands-on and relationship driven. We know that this is a winning formula for our customers. We focus on products that are supported by our core competences, and that are truly differentiated in the market. This includes: reeds with a bolder professional structure, great cane in the harder end of the continuum; and, used oboes that any pro would want to play, and at very attractive prices.
Here Are Some Of The Things We Care About:
Focus On Quality– All the best, including materials, finished products and even packaging. We put in the time and have the quality controls to stand behind every product we sell.
Customer Service– If you have a question or have a concern you can contact Kathy by e-mail or telephone.
Satisfaction Guarantees– If you are not happy, we will make it right.
Fastest Turnaround In The Business–Usually 3-5 days, and every order comes with an invoice.
Oboe Education- Check out our backlinks and blog with a wealth of information on reed making, oboe centric decision making, general musical development, and much more.