Passionate about woodwind instruments, we have committed ourselves at Windholz to pioneering new and unique ways to manufacture woodwind double reeds. From the shape to the results, our double reeds are unique: we use digitally controlled cutting machines to mass-produce them, ensuring perfect precision every time.
"We are empowering oboe players to stop wasting time scraping their reeds and spend more time playing beautiful music".
For centuries, woodwind instruments involved extensive handiwork, and at any point in all this handiwork, the whole process could go wrong. You would only hope that your craftsman knew how to work all of the scraping tools necessary to turn a piece of cane into a double reed. More often than not, human error became an issue. Even when it didn't, the process was difficult to follow, and the equipment expensive to maintain. Spending hours on end, woodwind manufacturers passed on their techniques and methods, which meant that they would change from one generation to the next. As anyone who plays woodwind instruments can tell you, there is a huge variance in qualities, to the point that you never knew what you are getting when you buy a double reed. Rather than falling in line and doing what everyone else is doing, we are moving woodwind manufacturing forward. We specialize in woodwind double reeds tailored and directed to musicians' special needs. At the same time, our process makes mass production simple, putting affordable double reeds within reach for professional players who go through large numbers of double reeds every week. Plan, model, cut, and confirm the shape and style of your double reed in a digital environment so that you know what you are getting and feel confident when you sit down to play.
Walter Egli, the co-founder of Windholz, is an accomplished oboe player and engineer. His son and co-founder, Simon, is a designer and product developer based in Zurich, Switzerland. They share a commitment to music and to world-class products. For Windholz, they have called upon their fellow professional musicians, among them Christoph Hartmann (Berlin Philharmonic) for input into the folding methods used for our woodwind double reeds.
Traditionally, craftsmen would spend days or even weeks creating their reeds, and in the end, they were still prone to mistakes. That is why our process is so thrilling for woodwind musicians: our new and groundbreaking method for producing and folding double reeds slashes production times and optimizes consistency.