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.
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 Aspen #2 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 of the day (now Liang). They are finished to the highest professional standards with at least 2 finishing cycles, and tested on a Loree 125. Players seeking more specific preferences should consider our custom option.
Our Custom Oboe Reed is designed for elite players with tone, pitch and response preferences that lie outside our Elite option. We offer additional staple types, lengths and sizes; increase the cane diameter range to 10-11 to accommodate players who prefer a larger aperture; and, match our inventory shapes to requested tonal preferences (narrow shapes for brighter tone/wider shapes for darker, more robust. tone. If you require more customization, just click on the custom option and send us a note. While there is nothing absolute in reed making, our goal is to construct the reed you would make for yourself with both the expertise and the time to do it. They are finished over several drying cycles with our signature scrape and your choice of response. If you have questions, please contact us directly. Due to the nature of this product, please expect an extra 2-3 days to ship.
We ask for a minimum of three reeds for these orders, due to their special set-up.
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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