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Gouging Tools/Accessories
   Oboe/EH Gouging Machines
   Oboe/EH Guillotines
   Oboe/EH Pregougers
   Gouging Machine Maintenance
   Rules and Gauges
   Oboe/EH Tube Cane

Shaper Tips and Handles
   Oboe/EH Shaper Tips
   Oboe/EH Shaper Tip Handles

Reed Making Accessories
   Oboe/EH Reed Making Tools
   Oboe/EH Reed Making Supplies
   Tool Cases/Reed Cases

Oboe Reed Making Book
   Anderson: Gouge, Shape & Scrape


Today the gouge is probably the least understood aspect of oboe reed making. While the shape controls pitch placement, the gouge affects the overall stability of the reed as well as its response, timbre, dynamic flexibility and tip opening. With the correct interior properties of the gouge, the scrape of the reed becomes secondary in importance. Unfortunately, many oboists struggle trying to compensate for a poor gouge with the scrape.

Jeanne offers gouging machines for both oboe and English horn, with two options. The machine may be purchased completely setup to your specifications or it may be purchased as an unassembled kit. The kit includes a manual giving detailed, step by step instructions for assembly and setup, allowing one to overcome the fear of adjusting the machine. Through this experience, the oboist can learn to control the one aspect of reed making that probably has the greatest influence, taking his or her reed making to a new, higher level.

We also offer pregougers, guillotines, and other accessories related to gouging. Click on any of the links in the left menu to get further information about Jeanne gouging tools.