Topic: Oboe Tube/Gouged Cane -- strange smell
This has happened a few times in the last couple years but as I am processing oboe tube cane I am noticing some pieces of cane have a strange smell. Smokey/Barbeque -- almost smells as if it was in a "smoker" at one point. Its very strange as it is not every piece in a batch of cane -- only occasional.
The stench smells up my entire reed making area while I'm processing the cane. That I can see, the only negative in these pieces of cane is that they don't tend to have the typical "golden" color we often look for but rather a duller brown color.
Any thoughts on what this is? Any other thoughts? By the way, its been two different batches of cane over the past year with random pieces from two different suppliers -- both cane brands well-known.
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)