Faculty Advisor

Shivkumar, Satya


The purpose of this study is to address the longstanding disadvantages of the use of Arundo donax in the modern oboe reed. The first part of the study comprises a review paper detailing the history of Arundo in music and explaining the mechanical shortfalls of the material. The second part is an experimental paper wherein several reeds were analyzed to demonstrate the wear and degradation of Arundo during its use. Both papers have been submitted to the journal of the International Double Reed Society for publication. This study successfully demonstrated the changes in sound quality undergone by a cane reed when subjected to long-term use.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering