Topic: Tube Cane
I am about to run out of cane (yea!). I teach 50 students and don't do much playing for myself, so I am less than picky about cane type. My only real requirements of my reeds are that they play in tune, with easy response, and a good tone. My profiler is set up so that 9 times out of 10 I barely have to do anything to get a working reed, and every now and then I'll tip profile and lose the 1st finger E's. My students range in age from 5th grade-12th grade (beginner to very advanced). I'm thinking that since my profiler is set so thin (I have a Reeds N Stuff), I probably would like a harder-ish kind of cane. I have worked through my stash of Rigotti, Vandoren, Gonzalez, Miller Select Reserve, and Chinese cane. In all honesty, the only cane I've kept separate is the Chinese because I know it's very very soft and I probably won't get any playable reeds out of it (either that or they'll all be perfect beginner reeds that we just don't care about sound on). The rest have been processed together, which may explain why some drop E's easily and some don't (not every one that I tip profile does).
I would love any recommendations that I can get on what kind of cane to buy. The Rigotti that I got was from WWBW, as was the Vandoren. The Rigotti (when I was keeping track) was not very consistent (but hey...I paid $13/lb for it, so I really am not complaining). I don't remember making any reeds on the Vandoren and knowing it was Vandoren...same with Gonzalez (that I got on eBay). There were 2 types of cane from Miller. One was more flexible and one was more strong. When I was selling cane to my friends, they preferred the stronger stuff, whereas I preferred the other kind. But again, now, with this current setup, I don't know which would work better.
I'm more than willing to try whatever, and will make a point this time to keep track (sometimes it's tough since I have some hired high school help who get either lessons or cold hard cash to process cane for me).
(and just for all intents and purposes, I have a RnS pre-gouger, RDG gouger (I gouge to 52 of whatever my micrometer is...I don't use the micrometer past the gouging process, but I'm thinking it's in hundredths of an inch), a Herzberg shaper, and a RnS profiler. I trim the tube to 2-5/16", my 1st wire goes on 1-5/16" from the fold, my 3rd wire 5mm from butt and 2nd is 17mm from butt. I hot glue because my turban skills are highly lacking.)