Origin Intermediate Oboe Reeds

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Best Quality Intermediate Oboe Reeds. Premium M-MH Cane. Bold/Expressive. For Players With Developing To Fully Developed Embouchures.

Origin Intermediate Oboe Reeds (formerly Magic Reed) are handmade from scratch and are a personal favorite. Made with my coveted 2017 Marion or 2019 Alliaud Oboe Cane in medium to medium hard strengths and higher densities. This combination helps deliver a more robust playing experience than my other intermediate reed options, and allows for a more nuanced scrape. Sorts for moderate aperture size optimizes playability for the intermediate player. Recommended for students with a private teacher and at least 2 years experience. Players with developing production systems will be capable of sounding their best on this reed.  


Oboe Cane: Cane is drawn from premium Marion or Alliaud (2017/2019)  cane inventories. Cane strength is medium to medium hard with a higher densities. Diameters are 10.5 and 11 with extra sort for more moderate size apertures within the batch. Gouge: Kunibert gouge @.60/.45 (small adjustments for cane density and  seasonality). Shape: Mack++ or similar.

Staple: Professional Chiarugi staple 47mm # 2.

Blank Tie Length: 72 - 72.5 mm.

Finished Reed Length: @ 69.5-70 mm.

Signature American long scrape.  Customized scrape. Moderately defined tip. Heart 40-.42 in thickness.  Moderate windows, defined heart/back with catch. Moderate spine. Near to full professional level tone. Intermediate level response.

Finishing Touches:  

  • Dozens of micro adjustments prior to certification and ship. 
  • Tested on Howarth XL Oboe.
  • Reed prep instructions are included.
  • Light application of Vaseline to moisturize cork. Covid sanitized (repeat at home).
  • Reeds are guaranteed against cracks and leaks that impact play with a refund or replace remedy.