Yesterday I played a job and found out from a colleague that I have a percussionist reader in Florida! (Hi to my reader in Florida!) The internet is amazing!
This colleague said she really enjoyed reading the blog (THANK YOU!) and asked me if I “still make reeds or is that one of my compromises?”
is something I discuss with my oboist and bassoonist interviewees
because as I hypothesized when I started the project, reed-making adds
yet another layer of complexity to a dual career life. (My
reader-colleague agreed.) One could consider reed-making as a third
answer is YES, I do make my own reeds! I have thought about buying them
but have never gone through with it. We oboists make our own reeds primarily
for two reasons: 1) We can customize them however we would like and 2)
It is more cost-effective. So this is an area where I do not compromise.
That said, I never have as many reeds in the case as I would like.
(Does any oboist?)
like I said in my post about taking time off: As long as you -- and the
reed! -- can do what the job requires of you, that’s all that really
also ask my interviewees specifically about gouging and
other preparation to the cane. So far no one I interviewed does much
prep. That is where I differ; I start with tube cane and do all of the
didn’t always do all of the prep myself, but it wasn’t really due to
the time consideration but rather because I didn’t have enough money for the
equipment at that time. Then I happened to get a used gouging machine
from John Symer at an incredible price. John also gave me some tips to
save money in other areas of the cane preparation process.
definitely takes more time up front to do all of this work to the cane,
which is probably why my interviewees don’t do it. If you have a good
source for gouged cane, there’s really no need.
personally, my reeds improved dramatically
since I started gouging my own cane again. I also really like some of
the early prep work; splitting cane is a great stress reliever! I feel that the consistency and control is worth it and
actually saves me time in the long run.