At Magic Reed, we put extraordinary oboe cane in the hands, and under the knives, of elite professionals and their students. Here is why we are different:
We offer cane in 10-10.5 and 10.5-11 diameters. Larger diameters result in smaller apertures. Smaller apertures are usually better for players who do not cover, or prefer more restraint in their projection. Smaller diameters result in larger apertures, and typically benefit from stronger embouchures. Consider your humidity and altitude when making a decision.
Typically, harder strength cane requires advanced, more nuanced reed making skills. These reeds last longer, but they may require a break-in period, and frequent adjustments. Medium strength cane is easier to work with, and is generally not offended by streamlined reed making techniques. Soft cane may not gouge easily, collapses, and does not last long, and does not have the richness of harder canes. We do not sell soft cane at Magic Reed.
Narrow shapes tend to sit up in pitch, but they also can end up on the bright side without advanced reed making skills. Wide shapes tend to much warmer, but little flatter than narrower options. This can usually be mitigated with length and other finishing techniques.