This is what Kathy Sheinhouse, the maker of The Magic Reed, says about her reeds:
"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 an RDG -1 shaper tip, and use an RDG Gouger at a 60/45 gouge.
I produce an American scrape reed on a 47mm staple and I shape and finish to a blank at 73. They usually finish at 69-70mm in length. My reeds are a 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 all professional reeds, but some professionals like light reeds, and some prefer mediums. The extra light reeds can be played by students learning the oboe embouchure or experienced oboists who like really light reeds. Lights are a little heavier and have a little more roundness in the sound. Meriums have a little more resistance and a little darker color. All reeds are tested before they go out."