What our customers say…

Thank you, MKL Reeds and Laura Covey! Between teaching, freelancing, and family, my schedule is so unpredictable and I don’t always have the time (let alone mental clarity!) to dedicate to reed-making – It is such a relief to know I can count on you for consistent, quality reeds quickly. Your dot system helped me find an expert’s reed-style that feels tailored to fit me personally – not mention more reliable than reeds I make for myself!
Thanks again for your hard work and dedication to quality!

Alex Snyder

Buskerud, Norway

I have been using MKL Reeds now for about a year or two for reed emergencies for myself and my students. They have many reed makers with very different styles and scrapes to choose from. This is a huge advantage because it is a one stop shop for all. Laura runs a great and effective business and is easy to get ahold of. She keeps detailed records of what reeds she has sent you with each shipment so if you ever have a question or mix up your reeds she has you covered. The reeds arrive when she says they will and you always have the option to return the reeds that don’t fit your playing style for another reed. This company is reliable and my students absolutely love it when I give them a “special” MKL reed for their big audition or concert. Give them a try and use the exchange system until you find the right fit for you. You won’t be disappointed.

Maralynne Mann

La Mirada, CA

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!

S. Ische


As a senior citizen oboist (78) who has played in a New Horizons Band for many years and who has recently lost my longtime local source of handmade reeds, I have been extremely well pleased and fortunate to discover Laura and MKL reeds. After having unsuccessfully tried a number of other reeds I came upon a couple of reviews for MKL reeds, found the website and placed an order. I could not be more pleased with the reeds! Straight from the case, the reeds have performed well and have continued to perform well. Especially impressive is the fact that you are able to choose from among a number of different reeds until you find the right one or ones for your needs. Just keep up with the colors and the dots! Customer service is also outstanding as Laura is always available to answer your questions. I recommend MKL reeds unconditionally.

Charles Griggs

Austin, TX