Oboe Gouged Cane - Euro Style

Price: $15.00
  • Manufacturer: K.GE REEDS
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Oboe Cane: Gouged (10 Pieces per unit)

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”(C/S 0.10) 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” – a reading of 50g to 65g, “medium tension” – 65g to 80g or “high tension” – 80g to 100g, 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.


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