Magic Reed is in possession of one of the most extraordinary professional oboe cane inventories in the industry. We worked hard to find it, and will rely on it to make "best in class" oboe reeds for years to come. This is only possible because our advance planning allows us to buy cane on our own terms. We use our skills to identify and obtain investment worthy cane for our own long term reed making needs. We overfill for our needs and share our cane with the community so they can enjoy our cane as much as we do.
Our 2017 Magic Reed Oboe Cane represents the bulk of our inventory, and a portion of this stock is allocated for retail sales. It was harvested in the south of France and is medium to hard in strength. The cane is generally dense; thick walled; tight fibered; darker in color with some marbling; resilient; easy to work with; and, simply "loves to be scraped". We offer oboe cane gouged and shaped, pre-gouged and tube forms. We carry three diameters and four strengths. Our tube cane is offered on a limited basis, and as a courtesy to the professional community. We start working with cane within two days of arrival from the grower. We assess the product by hardness, density, diameter and quality. We process 1/4 pound to determine yield and make several reeds to test its performance. By this time, we have an idea of where it fits in our mix of cane, when we will use it (seasonal), and whether it qualifies for a bigger investment and an immediate re-order. We repeat as warranted, and are prepared to make rather large investments. After all, cane gets even better with moderate aging.
We allocate a portion of of inventory for resale, and have rigorous standards in its preparation to ensure the best professional results for our customers. Tube cane is sorted to more precise diameters as well as by wall thickness (a good barometer for hardness and density). Cane that doesn't pass our strict quality standards is either discarded or donated as practice cane for the beginner reed making students of our professional clients. We are left with the best of the best to precision process into gouged and shaped slips for our use or for sale on this site.
Processing professional oboe cane to gouged and shaped form is both an art and a science. It requires the best tools, the best technique, specialized knowledge, good judgement and the right process. Learn more.