The Windholz Difference

"We are empowering oboe players to stop wasting time scraping their reeds and spend more time playing beautiful music".
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 as a result. 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.

Who We Are

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.

Get to Know the History

Our patented process is a new and groundbreaking method for producing and folding double reeds reduces production times and optimizes consistency. A playful synonym of "woodwind," Windholz comes from the German word "Holz", which means "wood." Thus, our brand name means the wood piece where air flows, creating sounds and vibrations. This is an expression of what matters to us: great sounds and great playing experiences.


Alain et ses roseaux enchantes

Sound sample:

Christoph Hartmann
Willy Wettstein