New Products

New staples available

I just returned from a trip to Glotin during which I sorted through hundreds of staples. Our brass staples are, on average, smaller than the silver tubes, but we have plenty of each in stock and every attempt has been made for a good match between mandrel and tube. – JF

A note on shipping gougers

Going forward, we will be sending customers gougers in plastic boxes with strong latches, which protects gougers whether transporting locally or shipping through the mail. Priced at $13.50, this item will appear on customers’ invoices beginning in September.

We also ask that customers sending gougers to us for servicing pack their machines in this plastic box, then pack that inside a free USPS box. Please include a note inside the box explaining the status of the blade, recent repair history, and any specific problems. This will minimize confusion caused by the number of machines we receive.
A few words about Harvard Double Reeds:

Our company was formed because I found that the very specific needs I had in reed-making equipment required me to engineer, or reverse engineer very specific solutions.  Rather than torture existing suppliers, I was able to collaborate with engineers and toolmakers in upper New England to guarantee an adequate supply of machines and accessories of superior quality.  I am very much a traditionalist, so most of our designs are time proven ones, brought up to date with the most sophisticated materials and CNC machining techniques. Our equipment has gained considerable traction in the field and is used throughout the United States by musicians in many of the leading symphony orchestras.  To cope with the increased volume of business, I have hired an assistant to manage Harvard Double Reeds – Ben Fox, a professional oboist with a doctoral degree from Boston University and lecturer at Boston College.  Our profit margin is razor thin- we rely exclusively on American tool-making and machining, and, in New England, one must pay for quality.  Our relationships with our suppliers are long standing and close, and it has been worth remaining loyal to them.

-John Ferrillo
Principal Oboist, Boston Symphony
Faculty, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute


Amongst our customers are members of the following institutions:
– Boston Symphony
– Chicago Symphony
– Cleveland Orchestra
– Los Angeles Philharmonic
– New York Philharmonic
– The Met Opera Orchestra
– San Francisco Symphony
– New England Conservatory
– Juilliard School
– Indiana University
– Minnesota Orchestra
– National Symphony
– Dallas Symphony
– Seattle Symphony
– National Arts Center Orchestra- Ottawa
– Toronto Symphony
– Richmond Symphony
– Kansas City Symphony
– New Jersey Symphony
– Kennedy Center Orchestra
– New York City Ballet
– Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra