Topic: Differences in Oboe Gougers
We as oboists spend so much time making reeds that we become very close with our reed making products. For some of us, that means our gouging machines.
While we all know there are various different makers of gouging machines out there, and I'm sure many of us have our preferences, what are the major differences that might make one gouging machine better than another?
I will start off by saying that I am aware of single radius versus double radius machines. If my understanding is correct, double radius gouge allows the user the freedom to customize side to center gouge thickness relationship.
What then, makes one gouging machine better than another? I would also welcome private comments if you wish to not post publicly. I have one machine and am considering moving to a different brand, which is what is prompting this discussion.
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)