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Now, I build baroque flute traverse, oboe or hautboy and early classical flute traverse and oboe or hautboy.
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Explanation of mateial for oboe reed making

Observe a lot of first class goods

Many maker have various kind of cane. We should select them.

Generally,

  • Germany style reed is used the tube cane which has the diameter of 9.0-9.5mm.
  • American style reed is used the tube cane which has the diameter of 10.5-11mm.
  • French style reed is used the tube cane which has the diameter of 10.5-11mm.

It's also important place where canes grew up. Many oboist tell that the cane made at South France is good.
I think so.

I make French style reed. The following is explanation about my reed making.

Step 1:General advice about materials

How to make oboe reed

materials cane tube oboe my love for young oboist

The following is General advice:
If you use the instrument made in France and you want french style reeds, please get some tubes (ex.Glotin ) made by blass with total lenght 47mm and some boat style cane with 0.58mm thickness of center and 7.2-7.3mm width of tip .
If you use oboe made by Rigoutat, you should get tubes made by pisoni, and canes with 7.5-7.6mm width of tip.
The diameter of above canes is 10.5-11mm

If you use the instrument made in Germany, please get some tubes (ex. Loree dm ) made by blass with total lenght 46mm and some boat style cane with 0.55mm thickness of center and 7.1-7.2mm width of tip.The diameter of is 9.5-10mm.

If you use the instrument made in U.S. or made by Loree and you want made american style reeds, please get some tubes (ex.Loree ak) made by blass with total lenght 46mm and some boat style cane with 0.62mm thickness of center and 6.8-7.0mm width of tip .
The diameter of cane is 9.5-10mm.

You can see a book which title is "D.A.Ledet Oboe reed style". Indiana University Press(1981).

At first you should get case to keep reeds. The most thinnest tip is about 0.05-0.10mm. It's easy to brake.

The upper case can have 5 reeds.
The under can have 20 reeds. If you have many time and you want to made many reeds, Big case is good.

  1. called boat cane, many people make with this.
  2. called.......I dont' know this name in English.
    No shape and gauged (planed) cane.
  3. No shape and no gauged (planed) cane.
  4. Tube cane. If this is divided 3 into parts, It's above (3).
  5. Tube: Each oboe maker knows tube maker suited to their oboe.

Step 2:The parts of Oboe reed scrape

The scrape is small like Japan, But there are places of interest there

Part of reed scrape oboe my love for young oboist

There are 5 places on scrape. If you scrape each place, The ability of reed will change.
The place called "Heart" is under "Lay". "Heart" and "Lay" is not same place.

"Heart" controls vibration from "Tip". "Lay" transmit vibration from "Tip".

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