As the parent of a young oboist, I have struggled over the past 5 years finding an adequate source for oboe quality reeds for my daughter as she started her journey playing the oboe. It has been a battle. I have gotten reeds from the big double reed suppliers and also places like etsy, ebay, and other small private businesses on the internet. Some of the reeds were great, and some of the reeds were awful! Luckily, I received a recommendation from someone to try MKL reeds. It has been wonderful! Laura is quick to respond to emails. She understands the needs to young oboists, who need different qualities from a reed when they are first starting playing versus when they become more advanced, as their embouchure improves. There are many different techniques by which to make reeds. It is an art as well as a science. Before I placed my first order, I shared with Laura some information about my daughter’s performance level, and what she and her instructor where looking for in a reed. She quickly put together an order with reeds that she thought would be appropriate choices for my daughter’s situation. Laura has developed a colored dot system for the reeds that she sells. The reeds where shipped out quickly! When we received them, we took a picture of the reed cases which had the colored dots on them, so that we could try them out and know which color of thread went with which reed maker. From that point on, I signed on to have her send me a monthly order of reeds, so that my daughter is never without a high quality reed. Now the trick is to get her to practice. LOL!
I am extremely pleased with MKL reeds. I only wish that I had found her sooner!