Tube cane is sold by the 1/2 pound bag. Danzi cane is a medium hardness.
Prior to his death in 2013, Mr. Ovidio Danzi was a fully tenured professor at the Academy of Music in Bergamo, Italy. During some of that time, he had also been principal solo bassoonist with the RAI Orchestra of Turin. For sixteen years prior to that, he was principal with "La Scala" Theater of Milan. Upon retiring from performing, Mr. Danzi continued to teach and research how to achieve the most advanced solutions in double reeds, both cane and construction, with careful attention to quality, consistency and performance.
To this end, Mr. Danzi had located the best cultivation in the classic "Var" region in southern France and after careful study, had chosen the best crops from the most suitable land. He developed a special method of preparation of seasoned and semimanufactured cane in order to reach a very high level of quality for each piece of cane. Mr. Danzi's research led to the development of two distinct cane types, both extremely efficient but each having different qualities to meet the individual preferences of the musician. He called them medium and medium hard.
Mr. Danzi personally tested and experimented with these two types of cane, as well as his colleagues and students. Danzi cane has met with favorable acclaim by many of today's most important artists ... Mr. Klaus Thunemann, Mr. Sergio Azzolini, Kim Walker and Christopher Millard, to name but a few. Danzi cane was introduced to the USA in 1994 at the Bloomington IDRS Conference. It met with instant success with many manufacturers, retailers and artists. At that conference, Stefano Canuti, a student of Mr. Danzi, gave a breath taking performance using Mr. Danzi's handmade reed.