Enrollment, Encouragement, Awareness, Companionship and Empathy
What is the single most important characteristic you need and desire in an oboe reed?
For me a reed must have the proper opening and tension.
From the moment I fold the cane, I am already exploring ways to encourage the reed to cooperate with its opening and tension. Without getting this right early on in my reed making process, the danger is huge that I will take off too much or too little cane. A piece of arundo donax has a mind of its own and if I am too forceful in imposing my will, it will break.
Yikes. Relationships are like this, too.