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Part 2-Cane Processing Overview

Head Start Reeds (blanks and semi-profiled reeds) are just what the doctor ordered for busy professionals, conservatory students and beginning reed makers who want to focus on scraping without the burden of creating the perfect blank.  They are made to order in specific diameters that meet the needs of players across climate zones and altitudes.  We want you to be confident that the blanks and semi-profiled reeds that we make here will work well there.

Reed Monkey Student Oboe Reeds are designed for middle school and high school oboe students who want a great reed to play their best, but prefer a less strenuous and more economical option.  They are made with somewhat softer cane than our Magic Reeds (for easier playability), are mounted on student staples, and have excellent finishing, that significantly exceeds category standards in the marketplace.  

Conservatory Trained (Oberlin and Juilliard).  Professional reed maker since 2007.

​​​​​​​​​MAGIC REED

Oboe Reeds


Best Cane- Custom PROCESSING-Strict Quality Controls

Magic Reed Handmade Oboe Reeds are designed for serious players who want their oboe reeds to perform at a professional standard.  They are nationally recognized for warmth, nuance, response and stability, and we have the reviews to prove it.  Their scrape, structure and extra beef (resistance)  provides more depth and darkness in tone than is customary with most commercial reeds.  Our professional option offers a number of customizations that elite players will appreciate.  Intermediate and conservatory (or conservatory bound) players, with established or developing embouchures,  can sound better and progress further and faster with our reeds. 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.   

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Magic Reed Oboe Cane  is an extraordinary harder oboe cane that was added to our product line in early 2017. Our cane is harder, but not brittle; has resilience; and produces a great reed, even in cold, dry and high altitude climates. We believe that our clients are best served when we buy a lot of inventory of a great cane, at a moment in time, when it is at its best.  We carry our cane in 9.5-13.0 diameters.

It has been received by the oboe community with unbridled enthusiasm.  It was originally sourced and purchased for our own reed making needs, but once we worked with it, we knew that the cane was too good to keep to ourselves. We have plenty of "peak harvest" inventory so the cane you like today is likely the cane you can purchase over the next year or two. We offer it in tube and hand processed form; and is sold by the bundle in Elite, Pro and Select grades. We conduct multiple hand pruning/sorting/grading at every step in the process.  When we identify cane that clearly requires expert cane processing, or we are not confident that it will have a satisfactory yield, we absorb the risk and process it ourselves.

Magic Reed  specializes in "best in class" handmade oboe reeds and oboe family cane for serious musicians. Reeds are made, and cane is processed, to order,  allowing for more customizations, and a better fit with player preferences. Our customers have included touring professionals, conservatory oboe professors, as well as dedicated amateurs and students. We pride ourselves in truly differentiated products- so both our reeds and our cane have a point of view.  Our Magic Reeds are beefy, spirited with a warm, enchanting tone.  Our Magic Reed Cane has been described as "the best in 20 years". It is harder/denser without being at all brittle; it is easy to scrape; has resilience; and produces a great reed, even in cold, dry and high altitude climates. We bought plenty of this cane at its peak, so the cane you enjoy today can probably be ordered again through 2018.  We carry it in 9.5-13 mm diameters.

About Your Reed Maker:  Kathy Sheinhouse received her musical training at Juilliard and Oberlin Conservatory with additional  influences from some of America's most elite artists and educators. As the sole proprietor of Magic Reed, she makes all reeds, samples and procures all cane; and processes that cane to the highest professional standards. Kathy wants her reeds to be a trusted friend that liberate players from reed management headaches.  A well functioning, beautifully crafted, oboe reed  enhances individual expression; promote musical discovery; and truly differentiate a player from their peers.  Her mission is to offer a select group of products and services, that promote great music making and an extraordinary musical life.  Welcome to the Magic Reed!

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​​​The Magic Reed Difference

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point of view-Beefy, Responsive, Warm, Long-Lived

American scrape with eclectic blend of New York and Phili styles to provide what we believe is a great balance of tone, response and pitch at every level and every strength preference. We do not believe in wimpy reeds, so players with a well-developed (or developing) embouchure will enjoy us the most.

Oboe Cane, Tools and Supplies

Convenience Tools and Supplies 

​​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.