The Reed Makers
The maker of EB Pro reeds is a former student of Alex Klein and Humbert Lucarelli. He is an experienced orchestral musician and soloist, and has performed in many important venues of South, North America and Europe. He's also had further oboe studies with Ray Still (former principal oboe Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and James Caldwell (Oberlin Conservatory). He participated in Master classes with Làszlo Hadady (Paris Superior Music Conservatory), Antoine Lazènec (Lyon Music Conservatory), David Walter (Paris Superior Music Conservatory), Grover Schiltz (former English horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Zhu Dun (Beijing Central Conservatory of Music), and Washington Barella (Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra). In New York, 2009, the maker of EB Pro Reeds was awarded the "Dorothy and Morris Grosser," and the "Ronald Roseman" Woodwind Awards
Heidi Brann (HB) has been making reeds for over 25 years. A graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, she studied the oboe and reedmaking with Sara Watkins as well as Jill West, Ray Still, Harry Sargous and John Mack. She has applied many reedmaking styles to her own study of the reed by experimenting, logging information in reed notebooks, and sharing success tips and questions with fellow oboists. Her reeds are of exceptional quality and have been described as having a warm mocha-like tone, even scale, and needing little to no adjusting prior to playing. They are a source of great, colorful playing to many oboists and she hopes you experience the same!
Kathy Sheinhouse of The Magic Reed studied at Juilliard Pre-College, Oberlin Conservatory, some NYU, and privately with some of the finest oboists in the country. These include the legendary Lois Wann, James Caldwell, Virginia Brewer and Bert Lucarelli. Instead of going professional after college, she pursued a business career and did some freelance playing on the side. When Kathy decided to leave corporate America, she wanted to establish this boutique oboe reed business. It took some time to develop a more universal oboe reed than the one that she was accustomed to. Despite obstacles that all oboists encounter when making reeds, Kathy always found reed making to be an enjoyable experience. There is a mystery to reed-making that she finds interesting, because one really has to wait for the last couple of scrapes to know whether there is a good outcome.
Laura Karney, currently residing in Barcelona, Spain, is an oboist who enjoys a successful free-lance career that has so far spanned 13 countries across 3 continents. Hugely varied in her interests, Ms. Karney can be heard performing on both oboe and English horn, in concerts ranging from historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire to working with contemporary composers and ensembles giving world premiers. The foundations of her performing career came from her undergraduate and post graduate studies in oboe at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Hochschule for Musik in Trossingen, Germany under the tutelage of the internationally renowned oboists Richard Killmer and Nicholas Daniel.
Good Tone Guild Double Reeds are now being manufactured by Advantage USA Reeds to the same specifications as originally set up by Meg Cassell.
Stephen Hiramoto is the reed maker and owner of North Texas Oboe Reeds in Dallas, TX. The reeds sold here are his semi-professional reeds. They have a nice, dark, full sound. Stephen received his Master of Music from Louisiana State University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. After teaching for a number of years, he now makes reeds full time and plays with the Plano Symphony Orchestra in Plano, TX.
Pisoni Reeds are commercially-made reeds made in Italy. The oboe reeds are made with an American-style scrape.
Sandy Stimson is Principal Oboe of the Breckenridge Music Festival Chamber Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. She holds the English horn position with the Billings Symphony and also performs with the Bozeman, Helena and Great Falls Symphonies in Montana. Previous orchestral engagements include Principal oboe of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Principal oboe of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal oboe of the Billings Symphony and Acting Associate Principal oboe of the Omaha Symphony. Sandy earned her Bachelor degree from Ithaca College and a Master's degree from Yale University. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer, Ronald Roseman and Mark Hill.