Oboe Bocal Reed Cane: Gouged, Shaped & Folded - US Style
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Oboe Bocal Reed Cane: Gouged, Shaped & Folded - US Style

Price: $19.00
  • Manufacturer: K.GE REEDS
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-10 pieces per unit

The shapers we are using are custom made according to our own measurements. We offer shaper B; C and D Original (shaped as dry) and shaper B; C and D Narrow (shaped as been soaked in water) eight different types of shaped cane for you to choose from. B Original and B Narrow shaper are for players prefer normal size neck staples and plays with Howarth, Rigoutat and Loree etc. instruments.

D shaper is good for people who plays with K.GE, Marigaux, Josef and Ludwig Frank instruments

Our European oboe reeds are made from type “B” and  “D” shaper: “Original”: shaped as dry, “Narrow”: shaped as been soaked in water. “B” shaper plays better intonation with large bore Oboe like Loree, Howarth, Rigoutat act. “D” shaper plays better intonation with smaller bore oboe like Marigaux; Josef; Ludwig Frank; K.GE act.

Our American oboe reeds are made from shaper C(Original) and C (Narrow).

The tension of gouged oboe cane we measure with a machine designed by us here at K.GE REEDS, which is unlike other cane retailers, who measure cane by its density.

We discard any cane that gives us a reading of less than “50g” on that machine as we regard it as being too “soft” to make a good reed. At the other end of the spectrum our machine has a maximum reading of “100g”. Thus, we are now able to rate all our cane as having either a “moderate tension”, “medium tension” and “high tension”, giving our customers more consistency in the inherent qualities of any given batch of cane which is purchased through K.GE REEDS.

This new way of measuring the “strength” of cane is well tested in our reed making workshop, enabling us to know better which reeds are more likely to be suitable for a professional standard oboist and those which are more likely to be good for a student or amateur oboist.

We have found that there is much less cane that measures in the “high tension” spectrum, and therefore it is priced higher according to its more limited availability and it is similarly the situation with the “medium tension” cane.

Centre to side ratio is the difference in thickness between the centre and the side. For example, if the centre measurement is .60mm and the C/S ratio is .18, this means that the side measurement is .42 on that gouge. The C/s ratio is a measurement of the gouge. A C/S ratio of .15 is a reed likely to have a more robust opening than .18. If you like to scrape or adjust by taking a little cane from the sides, .15 is the better choice.

Question: What is the difference between oboe reeds made from cane gouged with a C/S (centre to side ratio) of 0.15 and 0.18?

Answer: The centre to side ratio is the difference in thickness measurement between the centre of the cane compared to the side of the cane at the time the cane is gouged, before it is shaped and tied on and finished scraping. The difference in behaviour of two reeds made identically but from the two different C/S ratios, is that the 0.18 gouged reeds generally blow more freely and have less strong openings when compared with a reed gouged at 0.15. The resulting tone or timbre of the reed made from cane gouged at 0.18 is often less "thick" or "heavy" sounding than the 0.15