Gouging is the first step in creating an oboe reed. You take your raw cane, split it with a splitter that divides it into three equal parts, soak it for a day(ish), and then gouge it with a gouging machine. A gouging machine will run you anywhere from $1200 to $2000. The gouging machine gouges out the cane to make it thinner and more manageable when it comes time to scrape it.

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Last updated: May 16, 2006
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