Cane production

We use the most stringent cane selection and production procedures using the most advanced equipment available.

  • All tube cane is personally selected. We choose it. We don't wait to be sent what others have chosen not to take.
  • Cane sorts and vintages are not mixed.
  • Although we do our best to deliver you great looking cane, we differ from other producers in the fact that we do not wash our cane. Many manufacturers wash tube cane to look good, but many of the vital fibres in the cane are lost, drastically reducing the life length of your reed.
  • Cane is split and sorted by diameter.
  • Cane is pre gouged with the Hörtnagl gouging machine and a final gouge is made with the Kunibert Michel machine.
  • All machines are regularly adjusted and tested to ensure an even gouge from tip to tip of the cane.
  • All gouge thickness are categorised in groups with differences of no more than 0.2mm, giving you maximum consistency with your gouge. All our dial micrometers are by the Japanese firm Mitutoyo.
  • Hörtnagl-Fassonschneider Cane is shaped using a Hörtnagl shaping machine. See chart below for current shapes available. The Hörtnagl machine is superior in quality to hand shaper tips in the fact that the gouged cane sits flat, not folded, and the angle of the blade is set ensuring perfectly even sides.
  • The shaped cane is marked at the centre to enable easy folding before binding.
  • Cane is separated by hardness/density. Very hard, hard, medium, soft. (See Cane page for further information).
  • We use hardness testers supplied by Reeds 'n Stuff.

The Following Shapes are Currently Available:

Shape No. Instrument Tip 10mm 20mm 30mm End (40mm for EH) 50 mm overall length
--- Musette 6.50 6.40 6.00 4.45 3.00 - 74mm
H9 Oboe 6.80 6.70 6.00 4.45 3.00 - 77mm
H37 Oboe 6.80 6.75 6.20 4.40 3.10 - 75mm
H57 Oboe 6.90 6.70 5.90 4.50 3.30 - 76mm
H95 Oboe 6.90 6.80 6.20 4.70 3.20 - 76mm
H112 Oboe 6.95 6.80 6.00 4.60 3.40 - 76mm
H99 Oboe 7.00 6.90 6.10 4.50 3.60 - 76mm
H5 Oboe 7.00 6.90 6.20 4.70 3.20 - 76mm
H26 Oboe 7.00 7.00 6.30 4.80 3.20 - 77mm
H70 Oboe 7.00 6.90 6.10 4.60 3.00 - 76mm
H17(0) Albrecht Mayer Oboe 7.05 6.96 6.30 4.80 3.30 - 76mm
H40 Oboe 7.10 7.05 6.20 4.65 3.30 - 75mm
H79 Oboe 7.20 7.10 6.30 4.70 3.20 76mm
H56 Oboe 7.30 7.20 6.40 4.80 3.10 - 75mm
H17 Oboe 7.30 7.20 6.50 4.90 3.40 - 76mm
H93 Oboe 6.85 6.75 6.15 5 - - 76mm
H124 Baroque Oboe 8.60 8.10 6.80 5.20 4.00 - 74mm
H77 Baroque Oboe 8.80 8.50 7.50 5.30 5.00 - 75mm
H82 Baroque Oboe 8.60 8.40 7.40 4.60 3.40 - 81mm
H13 Classical Oboe 7.90 7.80 7.70 6.20 4.30 3.40 93mm
H116 Classical Oboe 8.10 8.00 7.60 6.70 4.90 3.60 92mm
H80+ Classical Oboe 8.25 8.10 7.80 6.80 5.00 3.90 93mm
H59 Classical Oboe 8.35 8.30 7.60 6.60 5.00 3.90 93mm
H122 Classical Oboe 8.50 8.35 7.70 6.50 4.75 3.70 93mm
HW121 Vienna Oboe 7.10 6.85 6.20 5.40 4.60 4.00 93mm
HW57 Vienna Oboe 7.50 7.50 7.15 6.40 5.50 5.00 93mm
H33 Ob d'Amore 7.30 7.20 6.20 5.00 3.20 - 75mm
H32 Ob d'Amore 7.40 7.30 6.80 5.30 3.60 - 75mm
H31 Ob d'Amore 7.50 7.20 6.50 4.70 3.40 - 78mm
H97 Ob d'Amore 7.55 7.50 6.95 5.50 3.70 - 75mm
H13 E.Horn 7.90 7.80 7.70 6.20 4.30 3.40 93mm
H116 E.Horn 8.10 8.00 7.60 6.70 4.90 3.60 92mm
H59 E.Horn 8.35 8.30 7.60 6.60 5.00 3.90 93mm
H122 E.Horn 8.50 8.35 7.70 6.50 4.75 3.70 93mm
H29 E.Horn 7.80 7.70 7.10 5.30 3.20 - 85mm
H23 E.Horn 7.90 7.80 7.20 5.60 3.60 - 82mm
H54 E.Horn 7.80 7.80 7.30 5.90 4.10 - 87mm
HW59 Vienna E. Horn 7.90 7.80 7.10 6.10 5.00 4.30 93mm
HW4 Vienna E. Horn 8.10 7.60 7.00 6.05 5.00 4.70 93mm
HFBO Baritone Oboe 9.00 8.80 8.40 7.40 5.40 4.50 94mm
Oboe Shapes