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. Our Magic Reed Cane has been described as "the best cane in 20 years". It loves to be scraped- and we love scraping it! We hand process it in our shop, use it for our own reeds, and make it available to the oboe community to enjoy. Our extensive sorting process ensures excellent quality control and the ability to match cane properties with reed grade, regional climates, and personal preferences in aperture size and strength. Click here for Intro to Oboe Cane: Part 1 and
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.
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 somewhat 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 that 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. Some say "This cane loves to be scraped". Check out our reviews from a "who's who" of oboists. This signature cane will be for sale by the bundle in tube and processed through this site. It is also offered to professionals by the pound when when available or by special order.
Our "Head Start" Reeds are just what the doctor ordered for busy professionals or students who need or want to focus on scraping without the burden of creating a blank with a perfect seal and torque. We have a limited number of best in class complete reed making kits with more supplies and "stuff" than you will find anywhere else- and at a great price!
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
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. However, we have made some changes in our process to reduce the size of the aperture and to generally make them easier and more fun to play for non-professionals.
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. Click here for: Why handmade is best video