Topic: Brand of Cane?
I'm sitting here snowed in and contemplating a couple days of heavy reedmaking. I've about decided that all things being equal, the particular piece of cane is the most significant factor in producing a good reed. Just a cursory check on some prices shows Gouged cane running from right around $2.00 per piece to just under $6 per piece, and GSP cane running from around $3/pc to over $13/pc! Has anyone found that there is any correlation between cost per piece and quality of reed produced? Obviously, if that $13 piece of GSP cane is demonstrably better than the $3 piece, it should be everyone's choice, likewise if there is no discernable difference in quality of finished reed, why does some manufacturer/supplier even sell cane at that price point? My own experience, using 8 or 10 different cane sources over many years, indicates that you can produce excellent reeds from just about any source, and that are only minimal differences (perhaps gouge shapes and dimensions) between different sources.
Comments or observations?
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Last edited by BassoonII (2011-01-10 06:31:36)