Our handmade professional oboe reeds are preferred by advanced oboists to touring professionals who prefer a robust reed that is capable of transforming their well developed embouchures, wind speed, support, and technique into a great performance. Our pro reeds are robust, highly, expressive, well-balanced, and responsive. They are offered in standard professional, elite professional and custom models. Our professional models offer the buyer the choice of a standard model where we make most of the choices of materials and finishing to create a beautiful reed in a medium strength. Our elite and custom models give the buyer more choices in cane strength, aperture size, and tone color. This enables us better match personal preferences, oboe sensitivities, and climatic differences for a better result in all but the highest altitude locations. There is nothing cookie cutter about these reeds. They are each given the time and care to achieve a certified professional result.
Our Standard Professional Oboe Reed is a great option for the player who enjoys an excellent, highly playable reed in a medium strength and moderate aperture. We draw from our best 10.5-11 diameter medium strength elite oboe cane that is working best for us at the climate in the northeast at any time of year. The cane is paired with a Liang shape and Magic Reed signature scrape to create a responsive reed with a medium dark tone. They are mounted on Chiarugi #2 47 mm or Guercio professional oboe staples. They are finished with at least 2 scraping cycles, and tested on a Loree 125.
Our Elite Professional Oboe Reed is designed for highly skilled professional oboists who seek a finished reed with more strength, response and tonal options. We match our core materials to order. We choose the best cane in the 10.5-11 diameter range, the right 47 mm staple size to help manage aperture, employ our favorite shape that matches cane temperament at that point in time. They are finished to the highest professional standards with at least 2 finishing cycles. Players seeking more specific preferences should consider our custom option. Tested on a Loree 125.
Our handmade professional oboe reeds are" best of the best", and are offered in standard professional, elite professional and custom grades. They are designed for advanced oboists to touring professionals with well developed embouchures and support. They are highly, expressive, well-balanced, and responsive. They are beefy reeds that respond beautifully to wind speed and vibrato, and have an excellent dynamic range. All are made from scratch using the just right combination of cane, staple and scrape to achieve the results you seek. Tested on a Loree 125.
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."
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Beautiful oboe in excellent condition. Best of the Royal Models, and with gold trim. $7800 includes three month reed subscription. Call for details.