All of our reeds are made from the highest quality canes grown in the south of France.
Production is located in Russia, in Nizhny Novgorod.
We purchase materials from trusted partners only.
Each new batch of canes that arrive go through rigorous quality control tests.
A small percentage of cane is processed immediately, in order to determine the quality of each batch. If the batch has a large number of defective canes which do not meet our standards - the entire batch is returned to the supplier, for replacement.
When it is determined that a new batch of canes meet our quality standards, our quality control operators give the canes to production.
The first stage - "splitting into segments"
The tubes are split on the "arrow" into segments. At this stage, the cane segments go through the main process of determining quality. Segments with visual defects (fiber curves, physical damage, discoloration, etc.) are immediately rejected and only the highest quality segments go to the next stage of production.
The second stage - "sawing"
The cane segments are cut off in length, right after the blanks are sorted again by quality assessment parameters.
The third stage - "manufacturing bottom table"
Sawed and sorted cane blanks go to the machine for the reed bottom table manufacture. During manufacturing, the blanks are subjected to quality control of the wood. The blanks with any defects not previously detected are rejected. Each reed bottom table at the manufacturing stage passes multiple grinding steps for the best contact between the reed and the mouthpiece of the reed table.
The fourth stage - "blanking"
Perfect bottom table blanks go to a special machine for a "preliminary cut". After this, the blanks are ready for the next stage.
The fifth, the main stage - "cutting profile"
On a cutting profile machine, each blank is controlled by the machine operator during the grinding process. The thickness of the cutting edge of the reed is controlled to a thousandth of a millimeter. The machine has the ability to change the templates, which allows to make a reed cutting profile for different models, as well as produce reeds for different instruments.
The sixth stage - "measurement of strength"
Reeds with finished cutting profiles are measured on a special device for bend resistance. The strength number is determined based according to the correspondence table. Measured reeds are sorted by strength and sent to the warehouse, where the necessary humidity level is always maintained by humidifiers.
Seventh stage - "engraving"
Each reed is marked with an engraving laser machine. The benefit of putting information on a reed on the face side is so that the reed bottom table adjacent to the mouthpiece is not subject to possible fiber structure damage.
Final, eighth stage - "trimming the tip and packing"
After trimming the tip each reed is placed in an individual pocket, two reeds at a time are sealed tightly in a plastic bag and then 10 reeds are packed per box.