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Gouge, Shape and Scrape: A Complete Guide to the Oboe Reed

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"Gouge, Shape and Scrape: A Complete Guide to the Oboe Reed" by Valarie Anderson. This book, by the designer of Jeanne oboe shapers and gougers, details the steps in oboe reed making. It has 115 pages with a spiral binding and includes:
over 80 full color, detailed photographs of the reed making steps
a series of play tests and reed adjustments to take the guess work out of oboe reed making
steps to make reeds that are designed to achieve stability of pitch.

About the author: Valarie Anderson is widely recognized for her expertise in reed making equipment for the oboe.  She is the owner of Jeanne, Inc. and divdes her time between performance and research into new products for double reed performers.  Ms. Anderson began developing shaper tips during 1989 and by the spring of 1991, when they first were introduced to the marketplace, her oboe and English horn shaper tips were being widely used by oboists in many of the top orchestras in the United States.  Today her shaper tips and gouging machines are used by prominent oboists worldwide. 

Table of Contents
Introduction
The "American Style" Reed
Mechanics of an Oboe Reed
Oboe Reed Making
Basic Equipment for Reed Making
Making the Reed Blank
The Basic Scrape
Finishing the Reed
Shaping the Cane
Equipment Needed for Shaping
Introduction to Shaping
Selecting a Shaper Tip
The Process of Shaping Cane
Gouging the Cane
Equipment Needed for Gouging
Why Gouge Your Own Cane?
Philosophy of the Gouge
Selecting a Gouging Machine
The Process of Gouging
Special Topics
Sharpening the Knife
Staples
Arundo Donax
Coda

 

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