Yea, I gotta a reply! Thank you.
I have tried reeds from Marsha Taylor and Kerry. Unfortunately, I had no luck with Marsha's. Kerry sent me two. The first one was okay, the second was very different and I could not play it well. He was very helpful and tried to fix the second to match the first, he even emialed me audio samples, but it didn't help. I figured the first one was the exception, and his reeds and I just weren't compatible.
And yes, if I had the time and finances to invest and drive several hours and pay for lessons or attend workshops, that would be the best. Unfortunately, I already have two jobs - one as a professional "modern" oboist which pays some of the bills and another full-time which pays the rest. (With a little left over to support my Baroque recorder playing.)
I was hoping to cheat a little, find someone who would appreciate some money for their time and effort making reeds. And if they worked, I could continue purchasing them, or use the reeds themselves as a model for making my own, at my own pace when I have the opportunity.
There was a time when I was in a horrific reed slump, when this actually worked very well for me with modern reeds. I was just hoping it could jump-start my baroque oboe playing as well.