Advertising and Web Hosting on Woodwind.Org!

Woodwind.OrgThe Oboe BBoardThe C4 standard

 
  BBoard              
 
 New Topic  |  Go to Top  |  Go to Topic  |  Search  |  Help/Rules  |  Smileys/Notes  |  Log In   Previous Message  |  Next Message 
 Re: Gougers and thickness/ width of reed
Author: veggiemusician 
Date:   2015-08-30 21:34

Hello

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)

 Reply To Message  |  Avail. Forums  |  Flat View   Newer Topic  |  Older Topic 

 Topics Author  Date
 Gougers and thickness/ width of reed  new
Simonsky 2015-08-30 00:12 
 Re: Gougers and thickness/ width of reed  new
veggiemusician 2015-08-30 21:34 
 Re: Gougers and thickness/ width of reed  new
Adorno 2021-05-28 21:50 
 Re: Gougers and thickness/ width of reed  new
Hotboy 2021-05-29 04:19 


 Avail. Forums  |  Need a Login? Register Here 
 User Login
 User Name:
 Password:
 Remember my login:
   
 Forgot Your Password?
Enter your email address or user name below and a new password will be sent to the email address associated with your profile.
Search Woodwind.Org

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

The Clarinet Pages
is sponsored by:

For Sale
Put your ads for items you'd like to sell here. Free! Please, no more than two at a time - ads removed after two weeks.

Events
Major events especially for clarinetists

Reeds
Great reeds available from around the world

Music & Books
CDs, Sheet Music, and some of the greatest reference books ever written!

Instruments
Retailers and manufacturers of clarinets, both modern and early replica

Miscellaneous
Services and products too varied to categorize! Repair, recording, news

Accessories
Accessories that every clarinetist needs - reed makers and shapers, ligatures, greases, oils, and preservatives ... and more!

Service
Instrument repairs, restorations, adjustments, and overhauls.

Mouthpieces & Barrels
Fine makers of mouthpieces and barrels, from wood to crystal to hard rubber and plastic

 
     Copyright © Woodwind.Org, Inc. All Rights Reserved    Privacy Policy    Contact charette@woodwind.org