I’ve been making oboe and English horn reeds for over 45 years. I’ve used cane from many sources. This cane is excellent quality. When you gouge it the chip is not stringy at all. Fibers are very tight. Best cane I’ve used in many years.
Vic is now my go-to oboe cane
Posted by Bruce S. on Dec 11th 2020
I agree with Kevin's 2017 review-Vic is very dense and very hard (most are 9 to 13 on my R'n'S hardness tester) and makes great reeds with wonderful color, flexibility and power. I began using it earlier this year and the reeds have been long-lasting; they remind me of the way Vandoren cane once was (until about 10-15 years ago). I aim for 10.75 mm diameter and gouge on an Ann Hodge variant RnS gouger slightly thinner-- to .58-.59mm at centerline, and usually shape on an RDG 1. Vics do take awhile to scrape and refine and don't care to be hurried; however, I won't mark them down because of that as, so far, the end product is pretty consistently good and worth the time and effort-a higher percentage of successful reeds than any other of the many oboe tube cane brands I have tried over the past several years.
Vic Oboe Cane
Posted by Kevin Vigneau on Dec 4th 2017
This cane is extremely dense and hard, and it can produce reeds with depth and power. I would advise you choose a wider diameter than usual and gouge it thicker as well as this will keep the openings from being too large. It may take several days of refinement to get the response you need, but this cane can produce an excellent tone. I give it four stars because it does take a little more effort to get the best results.