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Subject: Re: Cane is Cane

Jeff Crain
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Date Posted: 10:33:18 12/07/01 Fri
In reply to: Brian MacColl 's message, "Cane is Cane" on 10:14:19 12/07/01 Fri

No argument about your comments about cane. However, I do have a slightly different view on why some reeds are preferred. Your comments offer only one variable - the consistent quality of the cane.
I would also like to offer that the staple diameter, the staple material, and the actual cut of the reed are also contributors.

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Date Posted: 14:23:05 12/07/01 Fri

I agree, for the most part they're all the same, except for some differences in design that you become well-accustomed too. I think beginners have a certain fear when dealing with reeds. There's only one way to get through it. Spend some money on a handful of reeds from different manufacturers, sit down with an experienced player and shave and sand and pinch away and see what the result is. You won't learn anything unless you ruin a few good reeds. LOL

>In regards to the post on chanter/reed combinations,
>this all popped into my head. Cane is Cane. Everyone
>is obsessed with what brand who is playing and how
>that brand did in who's chanter. What you have to
>realize is simple, Cane is Cane. Whether you are
>Caldwell, or Shepherd, or Megarity Ross, the cane is
>cut from the same field of stock that's just thrashed
>and thrown onto a truck and then shipped. A bad batch
>of cane will yield bad reeds, no matter what name is
>stamped on the finished product, if that cane is bad,
>the reed will either be undesirable or have the
>life-span of a gust of wind.
>With that said, certain manufacturers are very
>consistent with the quality of cane they turn out.
>That's how we grow attached to their product, we know
>that more often than not, we'll get good quality tone
>because certain manufacturers choose the best quality
>cane they can lay their hands on. They are meticulous
>with their wrapping and carving and we begin to know
>their design like the backs of our hands. You develop
>a routine of knowing where to carve and how, how much
>to sand, where to pinch, etc. just from using their
>product for so long. That's where I think the loyalty
>in branding comes from, we get accustomed to good
>quality workmanship with good quality raw materials.
>When I go in to buy reeds, I go for a certain brand
>because I know, as long as the cane is from good
>stock, I can get that reed to play beautifully since I
>have carved and pinched and sanded them so many times.
> Will I try new reeds, oh sure! I'll buy a handful
>and cut them all to hell and see how much they'll
>take, or how little they need sculpting to play
>nicely. It's all a learning process, but Cane is
>Cane. We side with certain manufacturers because we
>trust that their level of workmanship and their
>meticulous and strict choice of raw materials is
>better than any other. Then, there's also the case
>that a good piper can make a bad reed sound good and
>beginners who slash their new reeds with box cutters
>and soak them in water, and then complain that they
>sound terrible!!! But that's definitely a whole other

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