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Hi David…When making my bassoon reeds I use a combination of visual examination and ongoing testing by playing. I use a well-shaded 40 watt bulb to look at the reed by back-lighting it as I work with it. This helps me to identify areas that need more thinning as well as those that require adjustment to maintain the bilateral symmetry of the reed. After my initial scrapping of a reed I then allow it to dry and rest and then reexamine it under the same light when dry to spot surface imperfections that need to be attended to before resoaking it and finishing. Using these techniques, in combination with regular test playing as I go enables me to produce good quality reeds without having to rely on too much else. More to the point of your question, though, I find that I don’t get much useable information from the feel of the cane as I work on a reed, other than the fact that a particular piece of cane is hard, soft, or just right.