Our handmade professional oboe reeds are designed for advanced oboists to touring professionals with well developed embouchures and support. They are offered in Professional, Elite Professional and Custom models, with the main differences being the number of strength and materials options (see descriptions below). They are highly, expressive, well-balanced, and responsive. We build these reeds with more heart than is typical for most professional reed makers. While this is a more time intensive process, it provides more room for nuanced finishing and an extraordinary result we like. Our reeds respond beautifully to wind speed and vibrato, and have an excellent dynamic range.
Cane: Our choice of medium strength elite oboe cane
Staples: Aspen 47 mm staple
Gouge- RDG Gouger, .60/.45
Scrape: American long scrape, defined tip, full bodied heart with professional finish and ratios between parts resulting in a fully expressive reed
Finishing- 2-3 drying cycles and tested on a Loree oboe.
Customer Loyalty Program: Regular customers enjoy periodic upgrades in staples or other customizations
Additional Features and Options:
Cane: Your choice of oboe cane: Loree (M), Magic Reed (M-MH/Higher Density) and Alliaud (MH-H/Regular Density)
Staple: Your choice of Chiarugi #2 47 mm or Chiarugi #2 46 mm
Scrape: Custom scrapes that factor in cane strength
Additional Features & Options:
Cane: Your choice of cane, including some from our personal inventory - Loree, Innoledy Var, Magic Reed, Vic, Molonier or Alliaud. Full descriptions on Shop page.
Diameters: Your choice of 10-10.5; 10.5-11 and 11-11.5 diameters
Staples: Chiarugi #2 47 or Chiarugi #2 46
Shapes: Your choice of Brannen, Samson +, Mac ++ or Liang
Virginia Brewer- "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..."
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."
More reed reviews can be found within product sections of shop page.