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Magic Reed

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Magic Reed's vision is to create a better music making experience for our customers.   Our reeds are designed to have the just right structure to help you reach your musical goals today and to help you develop better production skills so you sound even better tomorrow.   We understand the developmental challenges at every stage of learning and build in just what each oboist needs to get to the next level.  


Magic Reed's process  lends itself to a more customized reed for our customers at every grade.  We match the reed strength and grade to the right cane, gouge and shape to allow for a better balance of tone, response and pitch relative to what players want and need at their experience level.  We plan ahead with plenty of time between steps, so that we leave extra time for finishing.  Reeds that are made over more sessions are better reeds.   They show their potential sooner, and usually reveal their flaws in time to adjust or bury  before shipping (which is always 7 days or less).​


Magic Reed's craftsmanship (the scrape)  starts with a good understanding of the architecture of a well functioning reed as well as the many adaptations that need to take place to accommodate anomalies in the cane.  The art starts with a well developed concept of sound and the application of knife skills to effect this sound.  None of this is possible without many years of training in oboe performance and reed making, consultations with a variety of reed makers with different ideas, and finally the experience that comes with putting it all together and making thousands of reeds.

An afternoon of fun with my friends Jim and JS Bach.

Reed demonstrations by Andrew- an accomplished oboe student, and future star, from my area.

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OBOE REED REVIEWS:​

  • Amy Richter- "I've been teaching oboe privately for over 40 years and do not have time to make reeds for my students since I am a full-time school band director. I started using Magic Reeds with my students a couple of years ago and have been very pleased. The reeds respond easily and the opening is closed enough that my students do not have to struggle to play them. Recently Magic Reed has darkened the sound on the reeds a bit, which my students and I really like. The Magic Reed company is customer-friendly and I always receive my reeds undamaged and very quickly".
  • ​Virginia Brewer-(P)  "I have been using Kathy's reeds in concert for years, and enjoy their warmth, response and stability.  She is my go-to reed maker for my important events".
  • Marion Matravers- "...Yours are clearly the best. I probably told you this with the order, but I had not played since jr. high thru college yrs. - and am now (mostly) retired. Thus, no embouchure = soft reeds. Found a local teacher; we  studied the reeds I have and she pointed out what structural factors make yours better..."
  • Emily J (I)- "This is a really great reed.  Closer in quality to some of the pro reeds I have sampled.  I will purchase again."
  • RKat (S)-"My daughter plays the oboe.   She loves this reed and it has lasted much longer than others that are not handmade."
  • Sandy, Saddle River (I)- I have tried so many oboe reeds looking for one that would help me sound good.  Both my teacher and me were always disappointed, until I bought a Magic Reed.  She didn't have to do anything to it to make it work really well, and I never sounded better.  I have mored from second oboe to first oboe in my school band and I can't wait to play."
  • LC- "I am delighted by the quality of the reeds I bought and my students are enjoying them as well.  In some cases, I was surprised just how good my students sounded- impossible without a good reed.  Thanks again."
  • Max S- "Great reed.  First time user.  Everything I need and more.  It is a whole new experience to play a handmade pro reed.  Now I know what I have been missing."
  • Robert M- Pro reed has consistently exceeded my expectations.  It is rich, warm and responsive.  I have never found another reed on the market that is this good.  It is a truly professional reed worthy of a professional player."

Intermediate Handmade Oboe Reed

The Look and sound Of Love