Great Reeds Always Start With A Properly Constructed Blank!
Have you ever wondered why you don't get the results you want, even though you feel like you are adhering to all the scraping techniques that you were taught? Welcome to the world of oboe! The only way to have a fighting chance of making a great reed (even with the best scraping technique) is to have a properly constructed blank. This requires more than keeping the cane straight, closing the sides, not over-tying and establishing the right length. This is a lesson that is often learned the hard way (including for me). The "secret sauce" in a great blank is creating torque in the tie before setting the overlap. This secures the seal like nothing else, compensates for the tendencies of the cane to shift during scraping, increases the stability of the reed, and keeps the pitch up (even with heavy scraping for lighter reeds). When you use my blanks and profiled reeds you will experience the difference. When you notice that the face of my cane is not flat with the mandrel, don't worry. I do it on purpose- "the secret sauce".
1) Clean Blanks -
2) Modified Blank (1/4 finished)
3) Profiled Reed (1/2 + finished)
Note: Reeds will generally be made on medium strength cane during the late spring through early fall, and our harder Magic Reed cane mid fall through mid spring. If you prefer a different option, please use our contact form.