Topic: Pre-gouging Tricks

Hello all,
Does anyone have any tips and tricks for pregouging cane? I have used all manner of pregougers-- at university we had a mechanical one which broke constantly. I'm currently using a push-though model as I can't afford a mechanical one (and am not convinced that a mechanical one is the solution). I've also done it by hand, but that seems like the best way to cut oneself. I consistently find this chore the most loathsome part of making reeds, and I was hoping that someone out there has a better way. I would forgo the process completely, but split cane doesn't fit very well in to my gouging machine.

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Re: Pre-gouging Tricks

I have been using a Reeds'n Stuff mechanical pre-gouger in my business for about nine years. I've pre-gouged about 20,000 pieces of cane on it and it still works great.  Blades last a long time if you take care of them.

Dale Clark

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Re: Pre-gouging Tricks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Zm63PYUQw
you can see my pre-gouger 18 second into this video.

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Re: Pre-gouging Tricks

#2 Exacto Blade works great for me.

"It's not my job to give you the pulse! It's your job to figure it out!"
-An Allegedly Professional Conductor

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Re: Pre-gouging Tricks

Ahh Abe that's incredible! Did you make it yourself?

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Re: Pre-gouging Tricks

I'll step in and endorse Abe Weiss' bassoon cane pre-gouger.  I've had one for about 20 years and it's still going strong.  It pre-gouges a large amount of cane pretty quickly.

Richard Ramey
bassoonhipster@gmail.com
bassoonbonanza.com
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