OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE COMMITMENT: Your satisfaction with your reeds, supplies, and overall customer experience is very important to us. We can always be contacted through e-mail or telephone to discuss your questions or any concerns and will get back to you within 24 hours. Finally, we guarantee satisfaction with our reeds- fix or replace. Just contact us within 5 days of receipt of your order.
The best reeds always begin with the best cane. We have a great pipeline of a select group of the finest cane in the world in tube and professional processed and semi-processed form. Our extensive sorting process ensures that we use the right cane for the kind of reed you need. Since we are a national company, we pay extra attention to regional needs based on relative humidity and altitudes. For players at either end of the spectrum, the best road to making a great reed for you is managing the size of the aperture. We do this through diameter, scrape and a few tricks of the trade. Click here for Introduction: Part 1
Part 2-Cane Processing Overview
New slimmer shape and lighter scrape for a easier response
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 some of 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.
Oboe cane is fickle-and any professional oboist knows that the only way to manage it and get great results is a handmade process that includes lots of tests, rests, and highly nuanced hand scraping. Machined reeds do not offer this because all of the scraping is done at once (often too much), structure is fixed, and reed potential is often diminished and even destroyed. We believe that you are here because you want and deserve more. Why handmade is best video
Magic Reeds are made with an eclectic blend of Northeast American reed styles. 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 generally bolder and more structured than the typical commercial handmade reed, but our new narrower shape and aperture management techniques have provided the foundation to construct a lighter reed without sacrificing pitch.
Magic Reed is nationally recognized for high-quality handmade oboe reeds and oboe cane that can be enjoyed by students through touring professionals. Our reeds are designed for warmth, nuance, response and stability. While our reeds are generally beefier than most, our new slender shape coupled with a lighter scrape is producing a more free blowing reed without sacrificing pitch. Our customers are thrilled with this change. Oboe playing is hard enough without having to fuss with making good reeds, dealing with the frustration of playing on reeds that "don't do the job" or expire in a couple of hours of play. Our reeds play great and help oboists get down to the business of making great music.
We now offer a beautiful harder French oboe cane sold under our label. It has been described as "the best in 20 years" by top touring professionals. In fact, it is so good, we bought a 7 year inventory that will be used for our reeds and the sale of tube and processed cane by the bundle. It is also offered in tube form by the pound by special order. We also have two graded oboe reed making kits that are designed to give a young reed maker the essential tools to build skills and create great reeds.
We have lots of surprises in our site, including: reed demonstrations; Youtube videos of how we make our reeds; Master Classes from elite artists; general oboe education videos; and even a few hand selected performances for your enjoyment. We trust that this will help you feel very comfortable in placing your first order. Welcome to The Magic Reed!
Kathy Sheinhouse, Owner/Reed Maker