About Us

The Reed-Well was founded by a Music enthusiast and Instrumental music teacher Kevin Hagen. His vast background in Music Education as Instrumental music teacher and as a Saxophone and Clarinet player, sparked him a solution to develop a system to further the life span and functionality of reeds.

The Reed-Well is a special glass cylinder that holds the reeds perfectly.  It's a fantastic tool for soaking and maintaining saxophone and clarinet reeds.  Highly regarded by music professionals and we take pride in creating and distributing a quality product to you, the musician.

If you have a question contact us at support@reedwellbyhagen.com and we will be happy to answer your questions.

 Instructions how to use 

The regular Process:

  • Fill the Reed Well about 2/3 water and place reed against the inside numbered panels.
  • Reeds will cling to the sides in an upright position or down, it's optional.
  • The cap and Sponge are new accessories for storage and portability.
  • The Reed Well is dishwasher safe, using a bit of Listerine will kill bacteria.
  • Use moist sponge only (not filled with water) when transporting.

The Sanborn Process:

This entire process takes place over the course of approximately 3 weeks.

  1. Fill your Reed-Well   with warm water and soak the reeds in the jar for 2 hours
  2. Dump the water out, but leave just a little bit at the bottom to keep in some moisture.
  3. Place the reeds into their individual plastic covers or let them cling inside of the Reed-Well with the moist sponge and cover with plastic lid.
  4. Every day during this 3 week process, take the reeds out of their covers, and push the pulp off of the back each the reed using your finger.
  5. Once the pulp has been pushed off of the reed, play the reed and compare it to all of the others. Scratch the number corresponding to the rank of the reed on the plastic reed cover (the best reed would have a “1” scratched into the cover, of course).
  6. Every few days during this process, with just a little bit of water in the Reed well soak the tip area of the reeds, but leave the rest of the reed dry in the open air. Let the reeds dry off this way for 45 minutes. Make sure you don’t lose track of which reed is your number 1, 2, 3, etc. Marking the reed with a marker should do the trick. After the 45 minute tip soaking, play your reeds and see if your reed ranking has changed at all.
  7. Once you find your best reed, assuming that, like Sanborn, you play every day, leave the reed on the mouthpiece when you’re done playing, and seal the mouthpiece cap on the mouthpiece using tape so that no moisture escapes.
  8. Once the process is complete, you can have many weeks worth of reeds waiting for you in your Reed Well. This is ideal for someone like Sanborn, who spends longs stretches of time on the road. Naturally, during those stretches, while travelling from gig to gig, he doesn’t have time to go through the process of picking out the best reeds.