Our handmade professional oboe reeds are preferred by advanced oboists to touring professionals who enjoy a robust reed that is capable of transforming their well developed embouchures, wind speed, support, and technique into a great performance. They are also highly expressive, well-balanced, and responsive. They are offered in standard professional, elite professional and custom models, with plenty of options to ensure your best experience.
Our Handmade Professional Oboe Reed is a great option for players who enjoy an excellent, highly playable reed in a medium strength and with a 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. We now offer a robust option for those who prefer it. They are generally mounted on Chiarugi #2 47 mm staples, unless another staple works better for that batch of cane. They are finished with at least 2 drying cycles, and tested on a Howarth XL
Our Handmade 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 Howarth XL oboe.
Our Handmade Custom Oboe Reeds are designed for players who prefer a darker, more robust reed than is offered in the standard, elite and custom grades. They require special handling by us, and we overfill these orders and ship only the best of the batch. They respond beautifully to expert wind speed and vibrato, and have an excellent dynamic range. All are made from scratch using the just right combination of cane, choice of a 46 or 47 mm Chiarugi #2 staple (or O ring metal staple with a $5 surcharge per reed), and scrape to achieve the results you seek. Tested on your choice of Howarth XL or Laubin.
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".
Sierra F.- I always look forward to receiving your reeds in the mail, but today's delivery was so special to me! I was incredibly surprised to see the sonata included and even played it this evening ...Thank you! I will continue to work on it and broaden my horizons!
I also want to just express how much I love your reeds. I have wasted so much money on other makers, and haven't found anyone who matches your talents!! Thank you for sharing your gift with me and others. I appreciate you so much. Your reeds allow me to enjoy playing. ... Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Marion M.- "...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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