Hello and thanks to Marydoob and Trent,
Marydoob - That is interesting about the tube size comment. When I was using Arundo cane I employed a long bevel on my reeds by cutting a slice of cane off either side of the tube. While doing this I never experienced this issue of overly elliptical openings. I have recently been trying out a short bevel on my reeds. There was a point where I stopped using Mark's suggested nichrome wire for the #2 wire and was just using a 22 gage brass wire. However I switched back to the nichrome wire a couple of years ago. As for tube roundness, I studied with Mark and I remember regular lectures during reed making lessons on "the need for a round first wire during forming" and have not known this to cause an issue in tip opening shape. I will give your suggestions a try on a few pieces of cane and see how they compare.
Trent - So maybe it sounds like the issue is more in terms of the thickness of the profile used for the cane? I have noticed that cane I have bought recently from Justin Miller was MUCH heavier overall (especially in the back and middle) than cane I have used previously from Arundo. This could have resulted in the Arundo cane producing a blank that was much closer to a "finished" reed than the blanks I have made recently with the cane from Justin. What do you think?
So I guess I should rephrase my question and ask if anyone can recommend some good GSP cane where the profile is a bit closer to a "finished" reed (more of a medium thickness)?
Ah yes. "medium" thickness. ;-)
I find the Rieger cane processed by Rieger to be pretty OK in the back but needs the wings/sides/rails taken down considerably. So basically you'll do a lot of tip work.
Recently tried the Ghys GSP cane and that profile was pretty good, only needing a little work on the wings with a file and not a whole lot of knife work. This is available from MMI in the US (not sure about UK). Still determining if I like the cane quality but that's always a debate.
Danzi cane is good but the profile is very heavy.
Gonzalez cane is excellent but the profile from them is really heavy especially in the back. If you find other sources for the cane that profile it in house you might have better luck. I profile myself and this has been my cane of choice for at least 5 years now.
Last edited by Trent (2015-07-24 14:00:01)
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