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Modern Precision . Traditional Craftsmanship

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

At Melvin Reeds, we're thrilled to announce some exciting changes to our reed designs, meticulously crafted by Adrian Melvin. We've embarked on a journey to harmonize the best of both worlds in reed making – combining the precision of modern machinery from Germany and Holland with the artistry of traditional finishing techniques.



Marrying Modern Precision with Tradition

We've integrated state-of-the-art machinery from Germany and Holland into our reed making process. These precision machines are now used for shaping internal sizes, curves, and thicknesses. This modern approach ensures unparalleled accuracy and consistency in our reeds.


Traditional Craftsmanship Shines Through

But that's not all; we're also embracing our roots by incorporating traditional finishing methods. Our reeds now receive a meticulous, handcrafted touch with the use of super sharp chisels to cut the profile into the reed blade. This process results in a clean, smooth finish that's both a nod to tradition and a testament to quality.


The Result: Robust and Resonant Reeds

The outcome of this innovative blend of techniques is a reed that boasts a more robust and angular appearance. This not only enhances the aesthetics but also leads to improved resonance, particularly in the top hand notes. You'll notice added vibration for birls and other nuances, making your musical experience even richer.


Enhanced Consistency Batch to Batch

Our commitment to excellence doesn't stop there. By employing both modern machinery and traditional craftsmanship, we've significantly enhanced the overall consistency of our reeds from batch to batch. You can trust that every Melvin Reed meets our exacting standards.


Quality Without Compromise

At Melvin Reeds, we've always believed in delivering the best possible reeds without sacrificing quality for speed. Our dedication to craftsmanship ensures that every reed you receive is a testament to our commitment to perfection.


Innovative Thread for a Better Experience

In addition to our redesigned reeds, we've also introduced a new element to our full range – a different thread that's waxed. This thread not only secures the reed blades more effectively during the tie-in process but also allows for a gentler tie. The result? Reed blades that vibrate freely without excessive restriction, providing you with an even better playing experience.


A Journey of Dedication

Reed making is not a swift process; it's a journey of dedication and artistry. Making meaningful changes takes time, as we observe trends over multiple batches of cane and reeds. We're committed to this process, always striving to push the boundaries of what's possible in reed making.


Tailored to Your Needs

We've also introduced a differentiation in the type of cane we use. This allows us to produce reeds with varying characteristics, whether you prefer easy reeds or require something more robust for medium or hard reeds. This level of customization ensures that our reeds cater to your specific needs.


In conclusion, Melvin Reeds is taking a bold step forward in reed making by marrying modern precision with traditional craftsmanship. The result is a reed that not only looks fantastic but also delivers improved resonance and vibration, batch-to-batch consistency, and a commitment to quality without compromise. We invite you to experience the difference for yourself and explore the range of options tailored to your musical needs.


Melvin Reeds – where tradition and innovation meet to create the perfect reed.




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