KGE reeds are synonymous with quality and reliability. These are the student version of the ever popular Cor Anglais range, suitable for beginning and student players. Free blowing and easy to play, these are a softer cane with a brighter sound than the professional version. Available in medium strength only.
Standard Cor-Anglais Reeds - Euro Style
The only difference between the "German" and "French" templates is that there is a much more gradual step in the scrape from the "heart" of the reed down to the tip on the french template. When you look carefully at reeds made from each of the two templates and compare them, it will look as if the german template reed has a much more clearly defined tip area.
Question: What is the difference between oboe reeds made from cane gouged with a C/S (centre to side ratio) of 0.15 and 0.18?
Answer: The centre to side ratio is the difference in thickness measurement between the centre of the cane compared to the side of the cane at the time the cane is gouged, before it is shaped and tied on and finished scraping. The difference in behaviour of two reeds made identically but from the two different C/S ratios, is that the 0.18 gouged reeds generally blow more freely and have less strong openings when compared with a reed gouged at 0.15. The resulting tone or timbre of the reed made from cane gouged at 0.18 is often less "thick" or "heavy" sounding than the 0.15
Question: What is the difference between the reeds which have been shaped dry as opposed to wet? What effect does this have on the reeds tone/ intonation?
Answer: The reeds shaped dry and wet are actually shaped on the same shaping tool. The difference is that if the cane is soaked before shaping, it comes off the shaper more narrow after it has dried than when it is shaped dry. Therefore, shaped wet cane has a tendency to be higher pitch than shaped dry on the finished reed. Cane shaped dry has a more "full" tone and is more vibrant due to the greater surface area of the reed.