This Fall I chose several types of Gouged, Shaped and Profiled Cane from Barton Cane to Review.
Over the past few months I have been working with the GONZALEZ ARGENTINE CANE, in the BARTON Standard Profile, in a FOX 2 Shape.
As part of the trial I made 10 Reeds. And Students in My Studio made Reeds of the same Vintage and GSP to help me Verify Results.
If I had to sum up my Impression of GONZALEZ CANE in one sentence.
It was like the MEDIR CANE and the GLOTIN CANE Came Together AND MADE A BABY CANE, GONZALEZ.
What does this mean? Why Would I say this?
The GONZALEZ Cane had a tendency to crack and shed bark, like the MEDIR. And The Tone Colors of the GONZALEZ Reed were Bright and Bold, reminding me of GLOTIN.
As a naturally Vibrant Toned Bassoonist, I would normally shy away from this style cane. But as I, and my students broke our reeds in- I noticed that this cane was the BEST CANE TO DECIPHER AIR STREAM MOVEMENT and CLEAN TECHNIQUE.
My Students Labeled this CANE the “CLEAN IT CANE!” 🙂
For more on my ideas, thoughts and suggestions on working with GONZALEZ CANE here is a VIDEO.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you work with this CANE? Do you LOVE it or HATE IT? I love hearing your perspectives.