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As always, email me if you have questions but below is a list of FAQs:
What is cane?
The word CANE in this case is a collective plural like the word DEER (ex. look at all the wild deer in the forrest.) For our purposes the word CANE refers to pieces of bamboo in various stages of processing that are going to be used to make reeds.
Where can I get cane?
Here is a good source: http://www.BartonCane.com
Why do I need cane?
You don't need it unless you want to make your own reeds. You can always buy reeds from a music shop or better yet, from your teacher. If you don't have a teacher, feel free to send me an email and we can arrange a lesson through my LessonFace platform, or you can book me directly through LessonFace. I would be happy to mail reeds to you!
What are all these names/types? (ex Rigotti, Rieger, Glotin, Donati, Gonzales)
These are brands of cane and tell you where the cane comes from. Different types of cane come from different parts of the world. You can google the location based upon the name of the cane. Just like brands of toothpaste (colgate, crest etc.) each brand of cane is slightly different. Cane is a living fiber like all plants, and depending on the weather, there can be variations in the quality of any cane harvest. So brand names can be important but variations in crops are to be expected.
What is the difference between shapes?
If you go to Bartoncane.com you will see different pictures of cane. You'll notice there are slight variations in the way the cane looks. Some of them are wider in the middle, some of them have end that flare outwards. I use the Rieger shape when I'm not using Legere Reeds, however I prefer Reiger #1 over Reiger 1A which isn't showing on their website at this point in time.
If this FAQ didn't answer your questions, shoot me an email and I'd be happy to help you!