Established in 1984, Mark Chudnow Woodwinds
has been a leading innovator in the design and development of double reed
products since its inception. Mark started as a repairman in 1980
and is one of only a handful of Americans trained at the F.
Lorée factory in France! He brought to the business
an understanding and creativity not formerly found in the field.
Mark quickly brought to fruition some of the many ideas he had developed
in his years of talking and listening to musicians' complaints involving
instruments and accessories.
Among the innovative improvements are the CA and the Sierra line
of staples. The CAs are the first line of staples to be consistent,
seamless and chamfered. Mark's English Horn and Oboe d'amore bocals
are also noteworthy. Each one is constructed with a "tenon
cork" at the tip, insuring greater airtightness and security
than any other bocal on the market. Extremely popular among
reedmakers throughout the world are the precision MCW hollow ground
knives. On a whimsical note, Mark's introduction of colorful swabs
has brightened the otherwise black or brown world of double reed
In 1990, the Sierra oboe was introduced as a natural extension
of Mark's skills and interest. Debuting in 1991, the MCW
Oboe represents Mark's endeavor to provide an oboe
of professional quality at an affordable price. Designed for the
intermediate to advanced level student, the MCW oboe truly represents
handcrafted excellence for the serious student.