A few months ago, I started following Eryn Oft on Instagram (@erynoft). She is the Professor of Double Reeds at Jacksonville State University and is an all around great musician (but I'm not biased!). She and I recently became Facebook friends which lead to an interesting conversation about her cane trials taking place this summer. For more on that, check out this blog post.
Eryn is trying out Medir, Cote d'Azure, Charles, Glotin, Pisoni, Reiger, RDG, and Vandoren cane. Feeling inspired by this (and at a point of terminal FRUSTRATION with my current reed supply), I've decided to piggy-back on her great idea by also doing my own reed trials!
I'm trying out Danzi (in both a Fox 3 and a Christlieb shape), Medir (but with a goblet shape), Reiger, and Gonzalez (with the Bocal Majority shape). I will probably eventually order more, but we will see.
Why should you pay attention to both?!!?
Here's the most awesome thing about following both Eryn's trials and mine: we are going to get very different results which will benefit YOU in the long run! Eryn lives in the South; I live in the West. She has her own reed making method; I have mine.
But it should be fascinating to see what we come across. Check out her Medir review at the above linked blog post and follow us on social media below!
Eryn's Instagram (@erynoft) Kevin's Instagram (@kevinreberle)
Eryn's Blog (here) Kevin's Facebook (here)
Stay tuned for my trials reviews and subscribe to Eryn's blog to get hers!