The types of oboe cane we offer depend on the availability and quality of the previous seasons. Due to the varying rainfall and climate from year to year and from region to region we seasonally test as many cane sorts as possible, but only purchase the best quality available.
Our cane has five main variable parameters
Selecting the right tube diameter for your cane is important in achieving the correct opening for your reeds. If you suffer from reeds that easily collapse, consider a smaller diameter. On the other hand if your reeds are far to open consider a larger diameter. If you are unsure about what diameter suits you then try the standard we recommend for each particular instrument.
If you encounter problems of any sort, contact us and we shall suggest how you can change this. Naturally we will exchange any cane that did not work for you.
The thickness of your gouge has a lot to do with the resistance of the reed.
It is also very closely connected with the density/hardness of the cane. Very dense/hard
cane will have to be gouged thinner. Very soft cane will have to be gouged thicker.
Hardness / Density
As we all know canes outward appearance can be very deceiving. Using our hardness tester
we sort the cane for you into four categories: very hard, hard, medium & soft. This is not
a measure of quality. It is representative of the density of the fibres in the cane.
The hardness chosen must correlate with the appropriate gouge thickness. Harder cane must
be gouged thinner and softer cane thicker.
The shape of the cane is a very important parameter in reed making. That is why we have
such a large number of shapes to choose from. Many of the sound, intonation and
stability problems encountered in reed making can be helped or solved by
finding the right shape.
As we cater for both American and European style reeds we provide a choice for the thickness of the sides of your reeds. Generally American reeds have the sides 0.1mm thinner than the centre (on shaped cane only) and European cane 0.2mm thinner than the centre. Thicker sides can also help stability for European style reeds with longer scrapes. In this case a softer density and thicker gouge will be necessary. Please see our FAQs page for more information.