Bassoon Flexibility Tester by Reeds 'n Stuff
This well-crafted machine is designed to measure the flexibility of your cane by degrees of rotation. With clamps much like the Reeds 'n Stuff Profiling Machine, the cane is to a stationary base on the left side of the cane stick, and to a rotational base on the right. When the cane is clamped down, after positioning it and tightening the clamping screws, you turn the machine on, zero it out, and place the included weight onto the hook on the back side (see second picture). The causes the rotational side to move, thus flexing the cane. After it stops and settles, the number indicated on the panel is the number of degrees, circular, that the cane has moved.
Other than the number of degrees of rotation, the number itself is only useful for comparing between pieces of cane and averages of brands of cane to help you determine what your preferred cane's measurement range is. The smaller the number, the less flexible the cane is, and the greater the number, the more flexible the cane is. This can help you eliminate pieces of cane which are outside of your preference zone, so that you don't waste time making reeds you know you won't be truly happy with. Combine this with our Reeds 'n Stuff Bassoon Hardness/Density Indicator, and you have two parameters that you can objectively measure to help with your sorting of cane. Both machines are best used when cane is gouged or gouged and shaped, so that the thickness is much more even across the length. Using only gouged cane for these measurements is most ideal though. It is important that you compare cane that is all dry or cane that is soaked, as the numbers will be different for wet cane versus dry cane.
This machine gives you fascinating information regarding your cane as you put it to use.
Cane pictured is not included in the purchase of this machine.