For oboists who want to play great today and even better tomorrow!
Handmade Oboe Reeds
Cane and Supplies
It was once said "you can only tame that which you know"- and this is certainly true oboe reeds. A knife in the hands of a skilled reed maker provides the best information and feedback system on the nature of the cane with which we are working. Machine finished and near finished reeds do not provide the space for necessary tests, pivots and adjustments. They do what they do, and you get what you get. I believe that you want and deserve more.
Magic Reeds are made expressly for passionate oboists of all ages and abilities- including touring professionals. Our reeds are designed for warmth, nuance, response and stability- everything an oboist needs for better technique, tone, and musicality. Our student and intermediate options offer an "easier ride" while skills develop without sacrificing necessary structure. Our higher end models have many options for a customized fit for players with more particular requirements in terms of strength and tone color. Our general goal is to lean into a darker and beefier reed than is typical for each category, while keeping them all manageable and fun to play. After all, isn't playing oboe hard enough already.
Magic Reed offers a select group of oboe cane and staples, as well as other reed making supplies and tools for our customers who decide to take the next step and make their own reeds. Our high quality blanks and processed cane are the perfect bridge to fulfilling your goal of making your own reeds.
We have packed this site with a lot of information, including reed making and other educational videos, audio demonstrations of our different reeds by a conservatory trained oboist, resource links, and a manual blog. We trust that this will help you feel very comfortable in placing your first order. We would be both humbled and gratified to be along for your journey and to consider you one of our friends. Welcome to The Magic Reed!
Kathy Sheinhouse, Owner/Reed Maker
Magic Reeds are made with an exclusive blend of the Philadelphia and New York American reed styles, as well as further influences from Lucarelli and others. Our reeds are designed to provide the best balance within the pitch, tone and response triad at every level and every strength preference. Our reeds are more structured than the typical commercial handmade reed, and generally require a break-in period. You will benefit from a longer lifespan and a better overall experience. Check out our "How We Do It" videos on our Reeds Page to learn more.
Kathy Sheinhouse is the owner/reed maker of the Magic Reed. Her professional training took place at The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory, which was followed by extended study and consultations with America's finest artists. She formed the Magic Reed in 2007 to focus exclusively on the production of "best in class" handmade oboe reeds. She sells her reeds directly through her website as well as through a select network of trusted retailers. Click here for Kathy's meet and greet.
OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE COMMITMENT: Your satisfaction with your reeds, supplies, and overall customer experience is very important to us. Our goal is for you to come to see us as a long-term resource in your musical life- not just the place to get a great reed for the month. To this end, we work hard to make reeds for you that we believe are the best of the best in their categories. We promise to manage the size of our business, our pipeline, and our time, so that we are free to make your reeds without rushing and still meet or beat our published ship date. We will only use the best cane and materials for our reeds, and will make these available to you on our website along with great entry-level reed making tools for those who are taking their first steps into the world of reed making. We will also use this website as a platform for general oboe education, reed making and cane tutorials, and listening rooms to promote your development. We are available to answer your questions, and can be contacted through e-mail and telephone. For customers who need something more, we also offer Skype consultations. Finally, we guarantee satisfaction with our reeds, including replacement or refund if you are dissatisfied with your reeds for any reason. Just contact us within 5 days of receipt of your package.
The best reeds always begin with the best cane. We have a great pipeline of the finest cane in the world and maintain ample inventories of tube cane, partially processed cane at every stage, and blanks at every strength. Every tube is custom processed (including the gouge) depending on its strength and other attributes. Our job is to make every reed the best it can be, and we know that this starts with lots of steps that precede scraping. Click here to learn more: Part 1
Part 2- To come