The Magic Reed has evolved to offer one of the best handmade oboe reeds available for beginner to professional playing levels.
This evolution was made possible by learning and appreciating what oboists need at each level of their profficiency.
Each reed style is crafted to reflect differences in embrochure, wind speed and experience to ensure that each musician enjoys my reeds.
I made great reeds on my Marigaux oboe, but recently, I purchased a new Loree oboe and finish professional reeds on the Loree. This is done to better match the needs of a player with an instrument that is brighter and requires more delicate finishing.
A NOTE FROM THE MAKER, KATHY SHEINHOUSE :
Thank you in advance for exploring the Magic Reed. In order to help you make your buying decision, I want to give you more information on what I am making and selling.
First and foremost, I use the best materials I can find, and strive to only send out those reeds that I would be happy to play on in public. I am on a constant quest for the best tube cane possible, and I process cane myself to the highest standards. I use a Stevens #2 47mm staple, which is known for consistency and similarity to the Loree staple. I use either a n RDG -1 or Lucarelli shaper tip, and use an RDG Gouger at a 60/45 gouge.
I don't rush through making reeds as some of my colleagues do. The faster the finish, the less stable the reed will be in the long run. Oboe reeds require several sittings and drying periods before they are stable enough for travel. While these reeds are finished, and should not require a lot of honing, you should be prepared for some scraping based on your personal preferences. I humidify my work area to manage humidity changes, but this is one of the factors that is hard to control.
I produce an American scrape reed on a 47mm staple and I shape and finish to a blank at 73. Right now I am using a RDG #1 shaping tip, but I have also used RDG -1 and the Lucarelli tip. I sometimes change them to suit environmental conditions. My reeds area bit of a hybrid in that it looks like a Philadelphia style, ala Caldwell, but they are made a little beefier. They play freely, warmly and in tune when they leave my shop. They are recommended for professionals as well as students at the intermediate level and up. All reeds are tested before they go out.
My reeds are sold in three strengths. My beginner reed is wonderful for students that are learning the correct embouchure and want a controlled sound on an easy to play reed. My intermediate or number one reed is lighter then my professional reed and appropriate for most oboists (don't assume that because you are advanced or professional that these reeds are not for you). Some very fine professional oboists love them. They are also a little brighter than my professional reed. My Professional or number two reed is for oboists with a stronger embrochure and are usually a bit darker and heavier than the #1s. Typically, my number 1 reeds are 10.5-11 in diameter and my number 2 reeds are around 10.5.
As an oboe player, you know how fragile the balance is for a new reed. The cane, as you know, is an agricultural product that is sensitive to moisture, or lack of it; wear and tear; temperature; altitude; personal embrochure; air pressure and style. Reeds change their characteristics over time, and certainly during shipping. So, it behooves you to be open to the possibility of minor adjustments to your reed to reflect your own taste in reeds. If you like to finish your own reed, I can send you cvery good reeds that only require your finishing.
In terms of the care of your reeds, you should soak them in warm water at varying lengths depending on the humidity in your area. A dry climate should prompt a hotter soak for about 15-20 seconds and sit for a minute. This allows the aperture to find its correct opening. If you are in a wet climate, you may have to pinch the tip after a soaking of 15-20 seconds, and this will help set the aperture.
My reeds are guaranteed for leaks,cracks and structural abnormalities. If you are buying more than one, don't set the bar based on the best one, because they will always be different.
I enjoy making reeds, and I trust that you or your students, will enjoy them as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
You can reach me at (914)630-4006.