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 Re: Gougers and thickness/ width of reed
Author: veggiemusician 
Date:   2015-08-30 21:34


It depends if you play on the European or USA system... My answer is based on the European system.

1) Only one width of cane can be used. If you buy a 10.5mm bed machine, then you must use 10.5mm cane.

2) All gougers can gouge at different thicknesses - normally between 0.55 to 0.60mm. Most Europeans use 10.5mm machines with a blade radius of 11.4mm which gives sides of about 0.42mm. To change the side ratio one has to change the blade - an 11mm blade on a 10.5mm machine will produce a side of 0.47mm. I don't recommend changing blades as they can be a nightmare to set up. Best go with standard setup for 10.5mm or 11mm machines and get used to the reeds it produces. One should only tinker with gouger setups unless they are an advanced reed maker with many years experience.

My favourite gouging machine is the Michel by some way - no machine comes close. It is one of the few that gouges dry and thus produces the most accurate results. I find once cane dries from a wet gouger they are all different thicknesses. The playing state of a reed is actually almost dry so its best to keep all reed making as dry as possible so one can aim for the highest consistency. My shaping and profiling are done only with cane a few seconds dipped in water.

Do you own a shaper? Before owning a gouger make sure you have used your own shaper for some time. Again stay standard - An RDG/Howarth -2 or RC13 is a good starting point if you are a European player.

Jerome Broun
Principal Oboe UAE NSO Symphony Orchestra

Post Edited (2015-08-30 21:41)

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