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Oboe: OLD Buffet Oboes, buffet oboes, oboe player
buffet oboes, oboe player, original instruments: Dear Shirish I am very sorry to have been so long in replying. I had an accident last week and badly damaged my mouth so have been out of action and feeling very sorry for myself! Especially as an oboe player! I will have a look at the instruments for...

Oboe: The original Cabart Oboe Co., oboes and bassoons, english horns
oboes and bassoons, english horns, mentor teacher: Dear Curt The Cabart company had a long history. It was established in 1842 in Paris and then in 1869 was relocated to Ezy as Thibouville-Cabart. From about 1893 Thibouville-Cabart began to make artist quality instruments these were marked Cabart ; in...

Oboe: What is a professional oboe?, professional oboe, tone holes
professional oboe, tone holes, keywork: Dear Lam Chaun Not a silly questions at all. Quite agree! The professional models have much mi=uch more care taken with the tone holes. The shaping and undercutting. The time spent also on tuning and voicing by very subtle tapering and filling of these...

Oboe: reeds, tube cane, dear liz
tube cane, dear liz, staples: Dear Liz Sorry to be a bit late but things have conspired against me today! Thank you for your kind words I do appreciate them. It s nice to be able to help or at least give a different perspective on things sometimes. Although I must admit that every...

Oboe: Short scrape reed making
Dear Rachel If you are going to buy gouged and shaped canes say from Dimeter Jordanov in Lyon then you need few tools. Here is the list starting with the bits you have already. Knife - of the best quality you can afford. The better the knife the longer...

Oboe: VERY serious throat tension problems
Hi Max What a problem! I am flattered that some of your friends think I m pretty smart. I m sure I don t know all the answers by any means! Now if you have a really serious throat problem it would be best to have your teacher watch over you and help...

Oboe: Amati double reeds, double reed instrument, nazi regalia
double reed instrument, nazi regalia, woodwind and brass: Dear George This brand is the successor to the Kohlerts Company which existed before WW2 in Graslitz Czechoslovakia. They were a huge company by 1938 making all the band instruments- woodwind and brass. The oboes and bassoons are variable in quality as...

Oboe: Amati, double reed instruments, chinese brand
double reed instruments, chinese brand, bassoons: Hi, George. I haven t heard much about Amati oboes and so you sparked my curiosity. Doing some research, this is what I found. Amati is a Czech instrument company. From what I gather, they made oboes among other instruments prior to WWII. The company...

Oboe: Fox 450, outdoor gigs, quality oboe
outdoor gigs, quality oboe, professional oboe: Dear Dusty I am sorry to have been tardy in replying to you. Your email got buried in the snow!! Well not quite - but the UK is having a bad time with early wintry conditions and that s all I can think about!!!! Seriously though this is tricky question...

Oboe: Fox 450, oboe player, new fox
Oboe: Fox 450, oboe player, new fox, parents

Oboe: Oboe Reed Making Machines, oboe reed, replacement tyres
Oboe: Oboe Reed Making Machines, oboe reed, replacement tyres, replacement blade

Oboe: Rigoutat oboe, oboe, shopgoodwill com
Oboe: Rigoutat oboe, oboe, shopgoodwill com, serial number

Oboe: Hawkes and Son bassoon - London Ser #15,310 LP, double reed society, double reed instruments
double reed society, double reed instruments, british double reed society: Dear Herb I m afraid that I am not going to be much help to you as I m an oboe specialist really! I can give the low down on Hawkes and Co importers of band instruments in 1860 by William Henry Hawkes, state trumpeter to Queen Victoria! Then in 1869...

Oboe: Loree oboe 1993 serial number, stolen heart, year letters
stolen heart, year letters, music trader: Dear Sandy How terrible to have your oboe stolen. Heart breaking. The listing for 1993 in the Music Trader is not certain but you can approximate of course and I would suggest that your idea of the year letters of LC will be about right. You could...

Oboe: Low Notes on Rigoutat Classique Bore, laubin oboe, teflon tubing
laubin oboe, teflon tubing, relative pitch: Dear Joung Interesting points you raise here. In the UK the prevalence used to be playing on the open ring system and the thumb plate - an adapted version of the Triebert system 5. This held sway well into the 1970 s where most of the big orchestral jobs...

Oboe: Oboe Reed Making Machines, oboe reed, circle of steel
oboe reed, circle of steel, kege: Dear Scott I use and own all of these machines myself for European scrapes but not for American Scrapes. The problem with this scrape is the fact that the profiling blade has to go uphill and as well as down and they are not good at that. They can smoothly...

Oboe: Old Rigoutat, rigoutat, theatre orchestra
rigoutat, theatre orchestra, silver plating: Dear Mari What great English you write. Well done you. Terrific! Old Rigoutat oboes can still play well if they are air tight. That means good pads and corks. It will be the Classique Model as that was the only one they made at that time. To put...

Oboe: oboe, ramon ortega, hands and fingers
ramon ortega, hands and fingers, marigaux: Dear Constance This is always a tricky question to answer. So much depends on the physical ability of the child and the size of the hands and fingers. The mouth is important too as a very short upper lip for instance makes playing difficult and teeth...

Oboe: P. Gerard oboe, double reed society, oboes and clarinets
double reed society, oboes and clarinets, british double reed society: Hi Brian Paul Gerard was a dealer in woodwind instruments in Paris from late 19th Century to mid 20th century. He had instruments by various manufacturers. For instance oboes and clarinets by Malerne, oboes cor anglais by Cabart, saxophones by Selmer...

Oboe: Pressure, sinus problem, dizzyness
sinus problem, dizzyness, worrying thing: Dear Zofia what a worrying thing to happen to you. I am sorry that you are having these turns . Not nice. I think that if your reeds are easy and the oboe is working at its best then you might just have a sinus problem. You say that you always seem...

Oboe: purchasing oboe, oboe teacher, ebay
oboe teacher, ebay, octave key: Dear Alison First of all I m afraid that I would not buy a professional standard oboe on ebay. I really wouldn t. It is far too risky. Ebay is great for smaller cheaper things but usually a player selling an oboe of a decent quality is going to do so through...

Oboe: Regarding used oboe value, early oboes, buffet crampon
early oboes, buffet crampon, tenon joints: Dear Dean I have looked at the pictures which were very interesting. Thanks for those. What you have seems to be an early Buffet Greenline oboe which checking on their site gives me a manufacturers date of 25th May 1999. If your serial number is definitely...

Oboe: Rigoutat oboe, purchase investment, serial number
purchase investment, serial number, org uk: Steve I am away from home at the moment but I think I need to see some pictures of your Rigoutat before having a go at your answer. Could you send them to this address. advertising@bdrs.org.uk This will allow moe pix downloading. Thanks Geoffre...

Oboe: Top and middle joints joining off-concentric manner, crescent shape, octave c
crescent shape, octave c, mr bridge: Dear Joung I don t think that you need worry too much about an offset when the oboe is assembled. I certainly wouldn t trust anyone but the maker to tackle the repair. The difference is probably not noticeable in the playing. I use to worry about these...

Oboe: alternate fingerings, alternate fingerings, trill
alternate fingerings, trill, gillet: Dear Tucker If you have not got a full Gillet system oboe then this trill is absent. The trill is possible though as on the key for the first finger left hand there is a small attachment called a spatula key. ] You push the tip of the first finger across...

Oboe: amplificating the oboe, cardioid pattern, amplification system
cardioid pattern, amplification system, mr bridge: Dear Alfred There is a lot to amplifying the oboe and making it sound good. I am no real expert on sound amplified although I have experience of being recorded. The quality of the microphone and the type is quite crucial. What sort of mike are they using?...

Oboe: Happy Holidays, durable fabric, orchestra hall
Oboe: Happy Holidays, durable fabric, orchestra hall, neck shoulder

Oboe: Oboe manufacturer, leningrad, oboe
Oboe: Oboe manufacturer, leningrad, oboe, saint petersburg

Oboe: Happy Holidays, octave keys, reed maker
octave keys, reed maker, mr bridge: Dear Joung Sorry to be so long in replying. The snow came back with a vengeance and chaos reigns. Good cracking weather. I understand what you say in your reply but I still stand by my method of warming up. I do hold the upper joint in my hand as well...

Oboe: Low Notes, oboe player, oboe solo
oboe player, oboe solo, pianissimo: Dera Katie What a problem! First you need to know if the oboe is properly air tight. Get another oboe player to try the bottom register for you and see if they have the same problem. Oboes can be difficult down there if there is a small leak in a...

Oboe: New Amati, double reed instruments, double reed instrument
double reed instruments, double reed instrument, oboes and bassoons: Dear George I am afraid that I haven t played on an Amati oboe for years and then they weren t too special. I answered a question from a George a couple of weeks back. I wonder if was you! here s the answer I wrote then. This brand is the successor...

Oboe: Oboe manufacturer, french word, gilles
french word, gilles, closer look: Dear Gilles Is there any chance of seeing a few more pictures of this oboe? I think that you have a Prestini System oboe - quite early in the 20th Century I would think. If you could send a few to this email address it takes more photos. advertising@bdrs.org.uk...

Oboe: Oboe manufacturer, gilles, translation
gilles, translation: Gilles, Thanks for the translation - obviously your English is a lot better than my French. I couldn t recognize the manufacturer from the picture you sent me. I did some research as well, but still couldn t find a name. It looks either Cyrillic or Greek...

Oboe: Pan-American oboe, oboe player, decorative pieces
oboe player, decorative pieces, band instruments: Ernesto, Actually, the first time I heard of a Pan-American US Conn, was 2 days ago when someone else asked a similar question. I m reproducing my response below, I hope it answers your question, please let me know if you have any follow up questions. Joel...

Oboe: Some quick oboe questions, cold climates, quality dealer
cold climates, quality dealer, forrests: Hi, Louis. Conn is specifically known for its band instruments. I did some research and to put it bluntly, I don t think I would be particularly interested in purchasing an oboe made by Conn. The only advantage I could see is that they tend to be cheap....

Oboe: Selling my oboe, mr bridge, howarth
mr bridge, howarth, oboe: Hattie First things first. Can you send me some pictures please then I can identify the oboe. Get near anyway. I can t put a value on it until I know which model you have. Selling it depends on the model. But more of that next time. Send photos...

Oboe: Accommodating old philharmonic pitch, philharmonic pitch, intonation problems
philharmonic pitch, intonation problems, winfields: Dear Lucy This is a problem that I have had myself and it is really difficult to cope with. Usually it s cold as well in the church! OK you could get yourself a really short crook an No 1 crook or ask Howarths to trial you a few of their shortest ones...

Oboe: buffet crampon oboe serial number, buffet crampon, intermediate model
buffet crampon, intermediate model, professional range: Good morning Judith I have just tried the advertising@bdrs.org.uk address and it worked immediately for me! Have another go and see what happens. If not try, geoffreybridge@me.com and see if photos will be uploaded to it. They should be. Geoffrey ...

Oboe: Cabart English Horn, english horns, english horn
english horns, english horn, acoustic properties: Dear Stacey Sorry, sorry, sorry, for being a little late. Forgive me but I ve been away gigging! You are fortunate to possess a Cabart English Horn but read on... They have a good reputation if they were made just after the war. THe EH s were really...

Oboe: Choosing reeds to buy from Howarths, series hh, jordanov
series hh, jordanov, question thanks: Dear Rose Marie Yes your Rigoutat would be the Classique model as they didn t diversify there models until well after yours was made. I would ask Billerbeck Reeds to send their standard medium reeds which I think will be a Franco/German scrape! Be...

Oboe: Mariugaux low B/Bb keys welded together, trill, 1865
Oboe: Mariugaux low B/Bb keys welded together, trill, 1865, gentleman

Oboe: Octave inserts, heiko, rst
Oboe: Octave inserts, heiko, rst, google

Oboe: Rigoutat English horn, intonation problems, kinds of intonation
Oboe: Rigoutat English horn, intonation problems, kinds of intonation, loree

Oboe: Greenline oboes, tender loving care, plastic horn
tender loving care, plastic horn, dear christine: Dear Christine I am a little later than I would have wanted in replying to your question. I am sorry that I have been away from the computer for a few days and didn t put in my vacation dates. Slapped wrist indeed!! GO for the Greenline!!! They are very...

Oboe: Italian Gordet Oboe Value?, appearance counts, gordet
appearance counts, gordet, tone holes: Dear Steve As I always say the value is in the eye of the beholder. How the oboe plays is so important and the cosmetic appearance counts for much and the condition of the case and reed box. These little things help up the price. The Gordet Italian...

Oboe: Knives and Sharpening, oboe reed, using a whetstone
oboe reed, using a whetstone, smooth steel: Dear Joel Oboe knives - I have several of the things and don t use them a great deal as I use profilers these days for most of my reeds. So I haven t bought one for quite a long time. I used to make my own out of old cut throat razors.They were a bit thin...

Oboe: Mariugaux low B/Bb keys welded together, marigaux oboe, flat keys
marigaux oboe, flat keys, flat key: Dear Anne On some earlier designs of oboe keywork this small piece soldered to the B key is pressed down by the B flat key at the level of the left hand pinky. Nowadays this link is engineered in the system nearer to the bell where adjustment is easier...

Oboe: Oboe by Goldbeck & Co., goldbeck, friend move
goldbeck, friend move, ebay: Dear Janet I would love to see this oboe. Is it possible for you to send a couple of photographs to this address: advertising@bdrs.org.uk. The company, which specialised in clarinet and saxophones, as far as I am aware, did not make oboes but bought...

Oboe: Oboe - Raphael Custom "France", double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, eye of the beholder: Dear Roneal This oboe sounds to me like a stencil instrument. That is one that was made for a dealer or non specialist manufacturer who then put their name on it. The instrument being sourced from a specialist maker. In the US there were lots of these...

Oboe: Octave inserts, quality problem, flatness
quality problem, flatness, model names: Howard Happy New Year to you too. Best wishes with David s cane. I am great believer in making our reeds as oboe players so you may find this helps solve your problem. The shortened D26 s also sound promising. I will look out for the Loree DM oboe -...

Oboe: oboe, band instrument repair, instrument repair shop
band instrument repair, instrument repair shop, wooden instrument: Hi Josh I know very little about the Markel oboes having never seen one or played one. However the sketchy info I do have tells me that Cecil Markel was once an employee in the Conn group of companies - mainly in Elkhart, Indiana - making Linton, Selmer,...

Oboe: oboe identification, richard adkins, french makers
richard adkins, french makers, 4 digits: Dear Richard The instrument certainly appears to be a genuine Cabart made oboe. Whatever that means! Read on!! The company ceased to exist in 1950 after a checkered history of over 100 years.The galleon identifies the oboe as a genuine Cabart and also...

Oboe: oboe repair, oboe repair resources
oboe repair resources: Lisa, I m not sure what you ve decided about repairing your oboe but I do have a new possible referral for you. I just returned from a trip to Saratoga Springs (my wife had a conference there and dragged me along - willingly though). As I was walking down...

Oboe: older oboe, great shape, selmer
great shape, selmer, ball park: Dear Sue The Selmer Signet range has a few variations. First of all is it wood or plastic? Has it a left hand F key and goes down to bottom Bb? Can you find a model number on it such as 121 or 122F? I copy you a previous answer to a similar question:...

Oboe: Rigoutat English horn, loree oboes, nora post
loree oboes, nora post, howarths: Dear Beatrice I think you may have the same difficulty with the Rigoutat EHorn as you have with the Loree. If you look at the Howarth S20 EH which is a great instrument for the money anyway, I think you will find that these lower RH keys may be more accessible....

Oboe: Rigoutat Oboe, finger holes, quiet passages
finger holes, quiet passages, sofia bulgaria: Dear Joung Sorry to have been a little late in answering but I ve been away from the desk for a couple of days. From my records the instrument was made in late 1959 or early 1960. Whichever date makes it a bit of a historical item! This certainly does...

Oboe: Strange Oboe, tiny nicks, dense hardwood
tiny nicks, dense hardwood, steve thanks: Dear Steve Thanks for the extra pictures. I should have given you another address so that you could download several photos in one email. Sorry about that. What you have here - I m pretty sure - is an instrument from the 1840 s probably French and probably...

Oboe: Value of Older Marigaux, generous gesture, dear annie
generous gesture, dear annie, dear anne: Dear Annie Thank you for your photograph. It came out very clearly. From this I can tell you that you have a professional model - now known as the Marigaux model 901 - and from the serial number it would have been made in about 1964 or 1965. The...

Oboe: Breath and playing, concerto in d minor, oboe sound
concerto in d minor, oboe sound, warm ups: Dear John Your problem is quite common. In fact I have it myself if I don t play every day. So first of all you must keep on playing some time every day. This way you not only build up your embouchure strength but keep it in good trim. Just like anything...

Oboe: Cor Anglais, cor anglais, hand bargains
cor anglais, hand bargains, woodwind group: Dear Les I do have some recollection of a contact after or during a Ruthven concert. I thought it must be unusual if you were in Dundee and we hadn t come across each other in some way or other. You must make yourself known if you go to Ruthven again. I...

Oboe: G.Mollenhauer & Sohne Oboe, oboe teacher, cor anglais
Oboe: G.Mollenhauer & Sohne Oboe, oboe teacher, cor anglais, metzgar

Oboe: Marigaux M2, A = 444, kind reply, service plan options
Oboe: Marigaux M2, A = 444, kind reply, service plan options, luzern switzerland

Oboe: My first professional Oboe, wishing on a star, four instruments
wishing on a star, four instruments, new perspective: Dear Andrew I am sorry that I have to leave the computer right now to go play a concert. I will get back to you tomorrow. Promise! If I don t try me again. Geoffrey Here I am again.. Breaking in an oboe is something you must do very carefully...

Oboe: G.Mollenhauer & Sohne Oboe, gustav mollenhauer, woodwind family
gustav mollenhauer, woodwind family, fulda germany: Dear Bruce An interesting oboe. It would be a pro model of the day with open holes, a left hand F key, a banana key for C/C# trills, fully automatic octave keys which were/are popular in Germany. You are quite right it does need a lot of TLC. I think re-padding...

Oboe: improving tone/ long tones, long periods of time, embouchure
long periods of time, embouchure, diaphragm: Dear Kristin I am sorry that I can t answer your question right now as I have to leave the computer to go and play in a concert. I will get back to you tomorrow sometime (Monday 29th) That s a promise! It is quite a long question and I would need more...

Oboe: MARIGAUX 901, diane henley, marigaux
diane henley, marigaux, oboe: Dear Diane Much depends on the condition and whether there are repairs to cracked joints. If there are pinned cracks, where they are and how well the repair was done. You must also judge by how the oboe plays, how much slack in the key work, how the tuning...

Oboe: Marigaux 2001 used oboe, google research, personal preference
google research, personal preference, lower register: Hi,Linda: There are several factors to consider here. First of all, doing some Google research, $6,300 for a Marigaux 2001 oboe seems to be a good price. Most of the used oboes of the same model are going for close to $2000 more. Although I ve not had the...

Oboe: Marigaux 2001 used oboe purchase, tone holes, dear linda
tone holes, dear linda, answ: Dear Linda As one who has just reviewed the Marigaux range of oboes I would say go for the 2001 series because that was my favourite of the three models. But I have also to remember that it is the example of the breed that is unique. In my case the 2001...

Oboe: Marigaux M2, A = 444, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, standard pitch: Dear Plisca I reprint an article I did for the British Double Reed Society two issues ago, about the current Marigaux range. I would think the M2 might be just the ticket for the higher pitch as you can ask for a short top joint. These instruments are...

Oboe: Oboe reed shape, oboe reed, measurement table
oboe reed, measurement table, mr bridge: Dear Alfred You can find the dimensions of the Howarth tips online at this address: http://www.howarth.uk.com/pic.aspx?pic=./pictures/obshaperinfo.jpg I have not got the Rigoutat dimensions laid out in a table form. I do have the Rigoutat shape which...

Oboe: Pre-WW2 Kohlert Bassoon, five pointed star, woodwind instruments
five pointed star, woodwind instruments, world war 2: Dear Ryan I am really an oboe man myself and not a bassoon expert but I can certainly give you info on the Kohlert brand. There were very many Kohlerts in an extensive family living in Graslitz from 17th Century. For example in 1936 there were 61...

Oboe: Tone quality, oboe players, long periods of time
oboe players, long periods of time, quality question: Kristin, traditionally oboe vibrato has been controversial. There are still some out there who think oboists shouldn t use vibrato - I m not one of them. Anyway, I think the exercise that I suggested above will be helpful with that. Start with a long-tone...

Oboe: D.noblet Paris, noblet paris, dear brian
noblet paris, dear brian, uploaded photos: Dear Brian Do forgive me for not replying sooner. My wife has just undergone major surgery and I have got a bit behind as a result! I wonder if you could possible send me a couple of photographs to let me see your oboe then I will have a much better idea...

Oboe: Flying f's, acoustical problem, rigoutat
acoustical problem, rigoutat, staples: Dear Matthew This flying F used to be a common problem and doesn t happen as often with modern designs. I had an early 1980 s Howarth which had potential flying F s cured by having an extra vent which opened with the F key. The Kreul oboe had one of these...

Oboe: f loree hh53 oboe for sale, georges gillet, peter hurd
georges gillet, peter hurd, double reeds: Dear Norman I would love to see more pictures of your oboe. If you can do this please send them to treasurer@bdrs.org.uk Photos of the serial number, the top joint, bottom joint and the inside of the case lid. Sorry it seems a lot. I would like to have...

Oboe: Identifying a Marigaux oboe, oboes and clarinets, marigaux oboe
oboes and clarinets, marigaux oboe, t claim: Nigel, I did some research and found some information about the company. The SML stands for Strasser, Marigaux and Lemaire who founded the company in 1935. Originally their foci were flutes and saxes. Later they began to manufacture oboes and clarinets...

Oboe: information about Triebert oboe, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, britten sinfonia: Dear Ewa I will certainly give you any information that I have for your essay but a few pictures would help a lot. Maybe should quote your sources in your essay. You may not have to, but a mention would be good particularly if you could mention the BDRS...

Oboe: Loree Ak staples, Staple Size
Staple Size: Hi, Jerry. Obviously the staple is one way of controlling the pitch, the other is the length of the reed (as well as the width). I try to whittle my reeds to a 68 mm length with about a 2mm tip. I find that this is ideal for maintaining a 440 as well as...

Oboe: Noblet Oboe, woodwind instruments, reeded instruments
woodwind instruments, reeded instruments, first glance: Trish, thanks for the follow up picture. It confirms what I suspected. The whole top of the instrument is missing - I ve never seen anything like this. The other problem is that you have a major crack. It the crack is even repairable it would need to be...

Oboe: orchestra tuning, brass woodwind, continent of europe
brass woodwind, continent of europe, penetrating sound: Dear RC A good question! I think the answer is partly one of tradition. It is certainly nothing to do with security of pitch! I think mainly it is the fact that the oboe has quite a penetrating sound and can be heard in the orchestra even when there...

Oboe: Right hand problems, oboe players, thumb tip
oboe players, thumb tip, strange position: Dear Alberto I have looked at the photos you sent which were very very useful. Something which is hard to describe is so much shown in pictures. Thanks for these. There ARE oboe players with large hands, definitely! I myself have long fingers which...

Oboe: Where to sell oboe?, double reed players, double reed society
double reed players, double reed society, british double reed society: Dear Hannah I would love to see a close up of the serial number of this oboe as it would appear to be very old indeed. The single letters were used from 1881 until 1910 when double letters were used. 1910 start with AA for example. The numbers will be present...

Oboe: Cabart Special, natural signs, open holes
natural signs, open holes, best of both worlds: Hi Liz Cabart Special oboes are very old. It is hard to know how old without seeing your actual model. It is obviously open holes and possibly has a thumb plate on the back. Does it? The thumb plate was quite an early system and made at the turn of the...

Oboe: about "cabart à paris", cor anglais, william waterhouse
cor anglais, william waterhouse, allexperts: Dear Nathaniel Thank you very much for this interesting information about the Cabart company. It had such a wide range of activities that it is surprising that it was allowed to sell out at all. I have had pre war oboes made by Cabart which were very...

Oboe: evaluating a Genet oboe to sell, double reed society, double reed news
double reed society, double reed news, british double reed society: Dear Caroline Sticking keys are a hazard of nil use!. With a bit of work it should be made to work easily. Sometimes the wood warps a tiny bit as it dries out and this puts pressure on the ends of the rods which then bind a little. Nothing that a competent...

Oboe: Flutterzung, heinz holliger, german speakers
heinz holliger, german speakers, german speaker: Leonora Try all of the methods but don t expect instant results. It will take practise. A fake way for that passage B natural/C would be to do a double trill by rapidly alternating the 1st finger and second fingers of the right hand on the first...

Oboe: Howarth English Horn - how old is it?, english horn, howarth
english horn, howarth, crooks: Dear Gabriel If you email Howarth s directly they will be happy to look up the date. They will also be able to tell you who bought it from them new! My guess from the Howarth instruments I have is that it was made around 1979 - 1980. The email address...

Oboe: Jonathan Kelly, janet craxton, jonathan kelly
janet craxton, jonathan kelly, rigoutat: Dear Markus I am very afraid that I can t tell you anything about Jonathan s reed style. I imagine it would be a shortish scrape perhaps with an obvious W outline to the shading of the scrape against the light. Albrecht probably leaves more cane on the...

Oboe: Loree model MI-75, Stolen oboe
Stolen oboe: Jason, this is the 2nd such message about a stolen oboe; I received a similar one not too long ago. I really am sorry to hear about this and I certainly have some idea what this means to you. I haven t heard anything yet but hopefully publicizing your loss...

Oboe: miraphone oboe playing flat, band teacher, karen young
band teacher, karen young, embouchure: Dear Karen Young ladies of your daughter s age have not yet achieved a firm enough embouchure - usually anyway. The result is a flat sounding scale not just the A but all over. This embouchure will develop and strengthen as she develops as a player. So...

Oboe: Oboe D'amores, howarth of london, j s bach
howarth of london, j s bach, english horns: Margot, I have to start by admitting I ve never had the pleasure of playing an oboe d amore although they are beautifully sounding instruments - the sprightliness of the oboe tempered with the mellow qualities of the Cor Angeles. I did have a teacher who...

Oboe: Reeds, woodwind instruments, open tone
woodwind instruments, open tone, laubin: Margot, I m not sure that I would think of it in terms of different manufacturers have different reed requirements. I think different instruments have different characteristics (and that may even be across instruments from the same manufacturer). So, in...

Oboe: Selling an oboe in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, toronto ontario canada, african blackwood
toronto ontario canada, african blackwood, brevete: Hi J I have already answered this one but I must tell you that additionally I have a few feelers out to find out Toronto dealers. If I get any joy I ll be in touch. By the way the wood used would be African Blackwood as used today. Best wishes ...

Oboe: Selling an oboe in Toronto Ontario Canada, toronto ontario canada, double reeds
toronto ontario canada, double reeds, violins violas: Hi J I am very sorry that I really couldn t advise you on Canadian oboe dealers as I live in the UK. But I can possibly help guide you towards Charles Double Reeds in New England who might be able to help. The value of the Triebert is not huge I...

Oboe: selmer oboe, selmer, website advertising
selmer, website advertising, oboe: Dear Rich I will need to see this oboe of yours. Could you send me a few pictures to another website: advertising@bdrs.org.uk This will accept more uploaded files. I ll get back to you with an idea of the model after I have seen it. When do you...

Oboe: 2nd Register G Splitting, embroidery scissors, tiny sliver
embroidery scissors, tiny sliver, dear alice: Dear Alice This is such a common problem with reeds bought from makers. Can you tell me where they came from please? The usual cause is a mismatch with your oboe. Tell me what make it is please also. What you can try is to take off a tiny sliver from...

Oboe: "Adding" a 3rd octave key, double reed society, howarth oboe
double reed society, howarth oboe, buffet crampon: Dear Kelly Adding a third octave key would be possible no doubt of that and indeed you may even find it useful! In the UK I guess that, if remember rightly, I paid about £150 to have this done about 5 years ago to an old Howarth oboe. This was done...

Oboe: C-D trill key stuck, professional oboe, soft hammer
professional oboe, soft hammer, finger plates: Dear Michael A common problem which has two or three possible causes - mainly. Have a look at the link with the bottom joint C/D key. The little key between the 1st and 2nd finger plates on the bottom joint. This connects to the long lever running up...

Oboe: cabart oboe, english horns, santa barbara ca
english horns, santa barbara ca, true age: Dear Stan The pre war Cabarts were pretty good. The company were a big concern at the time and made oboes and english horns for lots of different distributors as well as for their own branding. The serial lists are not around anymore so that it is very...

Oboe: Old Marigaux oboe, marigaux, lemaire
Oboe: Old Marigaux oboe, marigaux, lemaire, strasser

Oboe: Olds Oboe
Oboe: Olds Oboe

Oboe: flute to oboe, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, oboe teacher: Dear Janice I answer from bonnie Scotland as you may know! Which today has just fantastic weather. There would absolutely no bar to your daughter learning the oboe with braces nor would flute playing hamper her at all. Indeed the breathing although...

Oboe: Information about Boosey & Hawkes Oboe, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, octave keys: Hi Becky If your oboe is a Regent model it will be made of plastic, have simple octave keys and open holes. From the serial number I think you are right. If you can send me a photo or two to this website: advertising@bdrs.org.uk it will accept a few...

Oboe: Marigaux, marigaux oboe, repair person
marigaux oboe, repair person, musty smell: Abigail The repair should cost around £150 but it is hard to put a real figure on it as this would cover putting in order if all the pads are OK. If any needed replacement it would be more. This would include cleaning stripping down replacing the adjustment...

Oboe: Old Marigaux oboe, double reed society, marigaux oboe
double reed society, marigaux oboe, british double reed society: Dear Ole Is it possible for you to send me a couple of photographs? I would love to see your oboe in some close-up if possible. Serial number as well? If so send them to me at my British Double Reed Society website address : advertising@bdrs.org.uk This...

Oboe: Olds Oboe, dear ally, woodwind instruments
dear ally, woodwind instruments, intermediate model: Dear Ally What happened to the Olds company who were really brass specialists is not clear to me as yet. I will make more enquiries. In the meantime I can tell you that David Benedetto is a operations manager of the company which has obviously if still...

Oboe: Reed Shapers, oboe reed, rc23
oboe reed, rc23, loree: Dear Andre The different shaper numbers offer different dimensions. In the old days there were only a few available which made life easy! For instance 1, 2 & 3 make sense in that they go from narrow to broad with No 2 in the middle. Easy! Nowadays things...

Oboe: Selmer oboe model?, student oboe, usa model
student oboe, usa model, selmer: Dear Suzanne Thank you for the photograph it is vital in these cases. You have a pretty full system oboe here with most of the trills but no left hand F key and only going down to low B and not B flat. It also looks like a plastic body. That makes it...

Oboe: triebert oboe 1850s, flat key, couesnon
flat key, couesnon, new conglomerate: Dear Blaine Interesting! I have had a look at the excellent pictures on eBay and as far as I can tell this oboe would appear to be from the mid 19th Century. It has all the keys you would expect on the Triebert System 3 oboe but made slightly later than...

Oboe: Approximate age for my Cabart?, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, approximate age: Dear Jenarae How lucky to be given an oboe! That s terrific for you. Now, I can t unfortunately tell you anything about your Cabart oboe without seeing it. The serial numbers do not mean a lot as the lists are not available even for dating as they are...

Oboe: Cabart Special J227, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, best of luck: Dear Kyle Can you by any chance send me a few pictures of your oboe. I can t identify it from the serial number as there is no definitive list available to me. Please send them to another email address which will take more photos without complaining!!...

Oboe: information about my oboe, boosey hawkes, lower register
boosey hawkes, lower register, intrument: Dear Lisa You have a Boosey & Hawkes Regent oboe. These were made of plastic and were very popular in schools 30 - 40 years ago. They were intended for beginner use so I would suggest if you know of a school that needs an oboe try them first for a sale....

Oboe: Loree and Howarth oboes, howarth oboe, eb key
howarth oboe, eb key, model markings: Dear Rachel You are right to be mystified by the Loree blurb! What it means is the the cone of the AK bore is more pronounced and is supposed to produce a darker sound. It is very popular in the USA as it replicates the bore of the oboes made in 1939 which...

Oboe: My new Buffet Crampon 3613g Greenline, buffet crampon, greenline
buffet crampon, greenline, doddle: Dear Jimmy The way to find your year is to go the Buffet Crampon site find the instruments page where you will find an empty serial number request box to type in your number. In your case though it doesn t work! I have tried it all ways just now and it...

Oboe: Oboe Model, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, website server: Dear Sara Before I can give you any idea of the worth of your oboe I would need to see some pictures. Is that possible? If it is, please send them to this address which will allow lots of downloads. advertising@bdrs.org.uk This is the website server...

Oboe: Oboe - needs work, want to sell, queen street west toronto, queen street west
queen street west toronto, queen street west, toronto ontario canada: Dear Barbara Thank you for the link which I have now looked at. Your oboe being open hole is not fashionable as I m sure you will know. The price you have put on it is quite fair but to go lower might help in selling. I would think about $500 - $600 might...

Oboe: Oboe quality, professional oboe, keywork
professional oboe, keywork, oboes: Dear Richard Sorry to be a little late in replying I have been offline for the weekend. I have no knowledge directly of the Vento oboe. It is brand name which appears on all manner of wind and brass instruments in the cheaper range. So you wouldn t...

Oboe: Oboe Value, insurance purposes, selmer
insurance purposes, selmer, trills: Hi Corey You have a Selmer 1492B oboe. It is a student instrument as it hasn t a low B flat, all the trills or left hand F key. The new price for these is $2115 - manufacturers retail price. However you can pick them up new from about $1495. Used,...

Oboe: Orsi milano oboe, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, student oboe: Dear Jennifer Would you send me some pictures please. Send them to: advertising@bdrs.org.uk This server will accept more downloads and I ll see what you have. It is the site for the British Double Reed Society. It s possible that you have a Orsi...

Oboe: oboe identification, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, dear john: Dear John I would love to see more close up pictures if that were possible please. I would like to see all of the trade mark in close up if you can. Send them to my web address at the British Double Reed Society. This email address will accept more...

Oboe: oboe worth, la marque, tone production
la marque, tone production, oboes: Dear Dorene Thank you for your question. I have copied an answer - partly - which I have given before, to fill you in I don t think I ll be much help to you with this oboe. It is - I think - likely to be a La Marque oboe not La Marquis. There is definitely...

Oboe: Penzel Mueller, woodwind instrument, serial number list
woodwind instrument, serial number list, laubin: Hi Amanda I am sorry to have been a little late in replying but here goes! Penzel-Mueller didn t actually make oboes themselves as far as I am aware. They were I think bought in from Malerne of Paris and certainly latterly in their existence finished...

Oboe: Pitch and High Notes, mouth shape, major scales
mouth shape, major scales, finger plate: Dear Russ 1. I reckon from what you tell me that you really need to keep that throat open. Try this exercise. Put the tip of your little finger between your lips and suck on it. This will produce the throat feeling of space that you need. Try it and learn...

Oboe: Playing Oboe, oboe teacher, high pitch
oboe teacher, high pitch, marigaux: Dear Ole I think a visit to a good repair person will set your mind at rest. You will then know that the oboe is in good shape. I still think that the problem may be partly your reed and partly your oboe embouchure. This is different from the clarinet...

Oboe: used Gordet, wall thicknesses, xl models
wall thicknesses, xl models, dear jennifer: Dear Jennifer The Gordet oboes were made by Hans Kreul of Tubingen in Germany. The company doesn t make instruments any more which is a huge pity as they were very good and very popular. They just operate now as a repair centre for wind instruments. They...

Oboe: Vintage vs New, inferior equipment, intrument
inferior equipment, intrument, intermediate range: Dear Jennifer I would seriously think of buying a new intermediate oboe rather than a older used model - unless you really know where it has come from. Sometimes a teacher will have a reliable oboe they want to sell and if you trust them go for it. But...

Oboe: vintage oboe, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, regent street london: Dear George Thank you for that information. I will look forward to seeing this oboe presumably when you get it back from the repairer. Could I ask who the repairer is please. If you live near Oxford does it happen to be Ian White? Best wishes Geoffrey...

Oboe: Buffet Crampon oboe, buffet crampon, school orchestra
buffet crampon, school orchestra, quality student: Dear Anna The oboe in the picture is a Buffet Crampon model 4121. They are a good quality student instrument and hard wearing. But the new price is not a lot! You can get them discounted new for about £760 and up to about £1100. The RRP is more at £1225...

Oboe: dynamics, breath support, embouchure
breath support, embouchure, right music: Dear Kristen Work is the key as I m sure you know!!!!!!!! No gain without pain!!!!!! Now a good exercise to get the tongue moving is the old favourite of taking a metronome beat of say 60 then playing quarter notes, then eighth notes, then sixteenth...

Oboe: learning to play oboe, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, oboe teacher: Dear Adrienne Please let me know whereabouts you live - town will do - and I will try to recommend a teacher for you. I am the Treasurer/Advertising manager of the British Double Reed Society and I might be able to help you. Email direct to me at...

Oboe: Oboe, sofia bulgaria, oboes for sale
sofia bulgaria, oboes for sale, oboists: Bratislav: I have a special place in my heart for Sofia. Several years ago we had an exchange student from Sofia living with us for a year. We still keep in touch and he still considers us his adopted parents. Alas, I know very little specifically about...

Oboe: Getting back into oboe, mail order catalog, charles double reed company
mail order catalog, charles double reed company, double reed: Dear Jacob I will ask the questin for you of my contacts in the US. Dealers who will give you good service need to be oboe specialists. They don t have to be near you. They will post instruments to you. Here are a few: http://www.carlosoboe.com/...

Oboe: oboe redds Ameriican scrape versus French, oboe teacher, french question
oboe teacher, french question, dear jill: Dear Jill Most professional oboists make their own reeds otherwise you spend thousands on reeds from suppliers to find ones that suit. Most reed makers pro reeds are a premium product which sort of guarantees better quality. They are often ones that turn...

Oboe: oboe reed adjustment, oboe reed, tiny sliver
oboe reed, tiny sliver, finger plate: Richard I am delighted that you are on the right track in solving the problem. By the way when I said take some off the tip in a previous answer I meant to take a sliver from the tip by shortening the reed not by thinning the tip - or have I misunderstood...

Oboe: oboe reeds American versus French, oboe reeds, oboe teacher
oboe reeds, oboe teacher, french way: Jill, I noticed that this is addressed to Geoffrey but was sent to me. I don t mind answering the question, but if you wanted to specifically have Geoffrey answer it, I would suggest that you resend the question and make sure that you address it to him. ...

Oboe: having problems with C and B flat, cigarette papers, little holes
cigarette papers, little holes, horrible noise: Michael How annoying gurgling can be!!! Is the problem there with all your reeds by the way? It sounds like a water problem in the little holes - under those pads under the little keys between 1st and 2nd fingers left hand and also 2nd and 3rd fingers...

Oboe: Beginner oboe recommendation, conn selmer, student oboe
conn selmer, student oboe, student model: Dear Susan I would say yes there is a huge difference. The advanced student oboe has more keys and goes down to bottom B flat. The student is smaller and lighter and only goes down to bottom B. To be really honest I think that the Olds oboes are not...

Oboe: Length of reed and relative pitch, mr bridge, hope 2
Oboe: Length of reed and relative pitch, mr bridge, hope 2, shaper

Oboe: About german reed style, ramon ortega, german style
ramon ortega, german style, few degrees: Dear Lluis First of all what great English - I am presuming you are Spanish! I find that if my German style scrape reeds are vibrating properly out of the oboe with a good full rattle and crow IF then the bottom notes are not working well then it is...

Oboe: Length of reed and relative pitch, correct pitch, relative pitch
correct pitch, relative pitch, mr bridge: Dear Joung Rigoutat Shapes go from narrow Regular to medium, -2 to wide number 2. They fit in a standard shaper handle with a bit of fiddling! What you describe about your reed making method sounds absolutely excellent. A very succinct description...

Oboe: Loree Oboe, double reeds, vintage car
double reeds, vintage car, oboe: Dear Ken The year your oboe was made is roughly 1937 I would guess. Now the value is really not great I am sorry to say although if it is in good playing order then you might realise $1500 in a sale. Less than that though if it is not playing well. Having...

Oboe: MODEL NUMBER?, buffet crampon, model number
buffet crampon, model number, oboe: Dear Geoff Your Buffet oboe is model 4052. It has no split D key but all the other keys and shape of keys that I would expect on this model. I agree with you it is a model 4052. It should have a plastic liner in the top joint. They don t have the...

Oboe: How old is my oboe?, tone holes, bell design
tone holes, bell design, oboes: Dear Anders In my experience the bore design doesn t have an enormous effect on the reed style the oboe likes. They will tolerate most scrapes and styles. For instance the Loree oboe - very popular in the USA works well with both short scrapes and long...

Oboe: Professional Oboist, professional oboist, talk21 com
professional oboist, talk21 com, oboe players: Sara I a sorry I can t answer as I am on holiday. Geoffrey I have checked my vacation dateson the site and find they hadn t been accepted. So your question shouldnt have got through to me. Sorry I was so short with the non answer before!! As this...

Oboe: question about flatness, diameter tube, finger and thumb
diameter tube, finger and thumb, internal space: Erik Thank you for so kindly thanking me! I appreciate that a great deal. I would say that it isn t going to be the oboe causing the flatness at the top. The usual culprit is the reed is a little to wide or too open. If it doesn t always happen then...

Oboe: Reeds and relative pitch, correct pitch, relative pitch
correct pitch, relative pitch, rigoutat: Sorry for the confusion, Joung. If you take a look at my previous reply you ll see that I tried to distinguish between a shorter reed and a shorter tip . Keep the same size reed since you re A is at 440. Try a shorter tip on the reed and see if that...

Oboe: Reeds for Schreiber Bassoon Music-Oldtimer, double reed instruments, bassoon music
double reed instruments, bassoon music, local music store: Great! Happy to hear that you contacted someone who knows a lot more about Bassoon than I. They re sending you a reed making kit for free? Under what lucky signs were you guys born? Best of luck and I expect to see you son on the expert list soon. Joe...

Oboe: Schreiber, rigoutat, oboes
rigoutat, oboes, fossati: Dear Anders Really pleased that you girlfriend has changed her mind. The oboe noisy!!??? I think the Schreiber 7060 is a good deal as it is the Buffet 4052 but cheaper! These are good oboes but of course there are many others. The Howarth S45,...

Oboe: Selmer Oboe, selmer, serial numbers
selmer, serial numbers, serial number: Dear Matthew Thanks for the photograph without which I am lost. The serial numbers tell no story at all I m afraid. What you have - I am pretty certain - is a Selmer Model 1492B. You don t have a bottom B flat and the key shape is characteristic of...

Oboe: Serial Numbers, chauvet caves, chauvet family
chauvet caves, chauvet family, history of the oboe: Mary, There are 2 oboes here. The serial # for my Chauvet is located on the back of the 2nd joint near the cork tenon that connects to the bell. My wife s Loree s serial # is also on the back of the 2nd joint but near the top where it joins to the top joint....

Oboe: Suitability of Oboe, student oboe, soprano sax
student oboe, soprano sax, intermediate model: Dear Claire Great that you love the oboe. It is a hard task master but well worth the effort! For an oboe to buy I would suggest a model from the following makers. According to the amount you can afford think in terms of school standard about £1000, £2500...

Oboe: Yamaha oboe identification, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, serial number: Dear Dale Please send me some photographs and I will have a stab at an ID of the model for you. Send them to this website though it accepts more uploads. advertising@bdrs.org.uk They will come directly to me as I deal with advertising for the...

Oboe: 1998 oboe value, nature of the beast, oboe
nature of the beast, oboe, corks: Denise, Hi! The 4052 is a very nice instrument made in Germany by Schreiber. If it is in good condition and plays well in tune, pads and adjustment corks in good order and the case in cosmetically good nick then I think getting on for $1750 ono is reasonable....

Oboe: Ageing an Oboe, fount of all knowledge, little beauty
fount of all knowledge, little beauty, orsi: Dear Aimee Fount of all knowledge!! Well, I don t know about that!!! Thanks for that anyway. Do send me some pictures but send them to : advertising@bdrs.org.uk. I ll then have a go for you at shedding light on where and when it was made and how much...

Oboe: Better beginner models, double reed supply, saxophone players
double reed supply, saxophone players, ebay: Hi, Ralph. I went from saxophone to oboe after 8th grade (I won t tell you how long ago that was). I think you re wise in having students go from other woodwinds to oboe rather than starting someone out on the oboe. I know that was useful for me. Personally...

Oboe: Bought Reeds, heinz holliger, leon goossens
heinz holliger, leon goossens, dynamic expressions: Dear Joung Interesting comments about the Laubin. It is not an oboe we see in the UK at all I have never played one but heard about them of course. Sorry you had trouble buying Linda Walsh s DVD. I presume you are trying her web site. Why not try...

Oboe: Breathing during the oboe Solo in Brahms Violin Concerto, brahms violin concerto, little gap
brahms violin concerto, little gap, sandy ok: Dear Sandy OK here goes!! In these notes I refer to the actual bars of the oboe solo not the score barring. What I do is to breathe as long phrases as possible taking a quick out after the tied F over and into bar 6 before the note E (1/16 note) and...

Oboe: Brittish reeds with a longish scrape, heart area, plumbers tape
heart area, plumbers tape, german style: Dear Magnus The key to not having the longer scrape reeds collapse on you is firstly cane quality, secondly the gouge and also not scraping too much out of the back. Longer scrapes tend to be only the very rind or bark of the cane lightly removed. It is...

Oboe: Cabart oboe history, ring model, checkered history
ring model, checkered history, professional model: Dear Terry Could you send some photos of this oboe to me at advertising@bdrs.org.uk It would great to see this oboe and then I have a better idea of when it was made. The ring model was popular pre war and Cabart made quite a number of them as well...

Oboe: Dampit humidifiers, dampit humidifier, transverse position
dampit humidifier, transverse position, accessory compartment: Dear Joel I have never used a Dampit device. I live in a very humid climate most of the time. I must say that I have never had much of a problem. Touch wood! If the relative humidity drops below 50% then your instrument will dry out and cracking is much...

Oboe: Breathing during the oboe Solo in Brahms Violin Concerto, oboists, circular breathing
Oboe: Breathing during the oboe Solo in Brahms Violin Concerto, oboists, circular breathing, courage

Oboe: Oboe Make, leningrad, mystery
Oboe: Oboe Make, leningrad, mystery

Oboe: trying to sell my oboe, signet, soloist
Oboe: trying to sell my oboe, signet, soloist, megan

Oboe: Greenline 3643G Automatic oboe, marigaux oboe, octave vent
marigaux oboe, octave vent, soprano sax: Dear Boris I am a huge fan of the BC Greenline. I have had not a spot of trouble with mine after I sorted the 2nd octave vent pipe. There was a bit of a hiss on the top C. The top A was good but the C edgey and hissy. BC sent me three pipes to screw in...

Oboe: Loree Oboe Serial Number NA, first impressions, soft case
first impressions, soft case, best of luck: Dear Laurie If your oboe is in really good condition and plays evenly with no funny notes then a minimum of $5000 should be its value. The market goes from about $4750 to $5500 for this vintage I would say. So start at that end - the high end -...

Oboe: Lucerne/Cabart Oboe, tubingen germany, keywork
tubingen germany, keywork, kreul: Hi Jennifer The Lucerne oboes were usually made by Hans Kreul but he was in Tubingen Germany! If you send me a picture or two that would be helpful. Send them to : advertising@bdrs.org.uk If it is stamped made in France then it will more than likely...

Oboe: Oboe Make, laubin oboe, reddish hue
laubin oboe, reddish hue, sure what type: Andrew, Most oboes today are made from Grenadilla wood, although some may be made from ebony as well as African black wood. A. Laubin makes oboes from Rosewood which gives the Laubin oboe a very distinctive reddish hue. Linton (and maybe some other manufacturers)...

Oboe: Oboe Adjustment Screw?, local music store, jean cartier
local music store, jean cartier, adjustment screws: Hi, Stephanie. I don t think this is a stupid question at all and believe me in my close to 50 years of playing oboe, I ve tried many fixes when the proper materials weren t immediately available. I ve mostly learned how to adjust oboes by trial and error....

Oboe: Oboe care, dampit, transverse position
dampit, transverse position, accessory compartment: Joel, take a look at http://www.dampits.com/how. I ll take the questions in order 1: I would start with room temperature water, doesn t really matter but the temperature will quickly adjust to the temperature in the case. 2: The purpose is to humidify...

Oboe: Oboe Saint-Saens, camille saint saens, fernand gillet
camille saint saens, fernand gillet, exercise work: Dear Bozidar Unfortunately this means hard work!!! You have to be able to play your scales particularly F minor! - fluently. This can be achieved by using free reeds, relaxed fingers and an oboe in good technical order and then working hard in many different...

Oboe: oboe serial number, model number, serial number
model number, serial number, best wishes: I am sorry Jeanne I can t tell from the number although I ll scout around and see. If you can send me photos of the oboe that will really help to get the model number. Send them to: advertising@bdrs.org.uk This address will accept bigger downloads....

Oboe: oboe value, mirafone, student oboe
mirafone, student oboe, miraphone: Dear Doug Which model is your Mirafone I wonder. If it is the usual Miraphone it will be of excellent quality - potentially. I say potentially as I don t know how the condition is and how it plays. They are very good instruments and in good condition...

Oboe: Pűchner D-6085 Nauheim, musical instrument dealer, mr bridge
musical instrument dealer, mr bridge, finger prints: Dear Joung I wondered why I hadn t heard from Puchners in Germany. I am pleased they got in touch directly with you. They are a very good company to deal with. The instrument case you mention is probably a substitute as their normal cases are very...

Oboe: Selmer w/ no Bflat key, flat key, grenadilla
flat key, grenadilla, ebay: Hi wendy Sorry to be a little late in replying. I think you would be best to sell the 1292 and get what you can in the region of $500 minimum perhaps. It is an oboe that doesn t appear to be made anymore. It doesn t have a low B flat as you say and no,...

Oboe: A substantial piece for 2 oboes ( or more ), leonard salzedo, trio sonatas
leonard salzedo, trio sonatas, bassoon player: Right Howard!! Happy New Year by the way! There are some ideas for you coming up. These are pieces that I have played myself in recital... Some of the Bartok Duos for two violins make interesting listening. Some of course are totally unsuitable...

Oboe: trying to sell my oboe, grenadilla wood, wooden models
grenadilla wood, wooden models, oboes: Dear Megan I am very sorry I have been away from my desk for the week end. I have had a close look at the pictures and the oboe does seem to be as you say. A 121. In that case the value is more than the Signet and could be up to perhaps $2000 - $3000...

Oboe: Wood oboe care, google search, oboists
google search, oboists, arm pit: Joel (another Joel, that s great!). Good for you seeking resources that don t exist near your. I ll do my best to answer your questions. In terms of preventing cracks, the best thing to do is to make sure that the instrument is warmed up before you play...

Oboe: Your appraisal of this Oboe for sale on Ebay, silver keys, lintons
silver keys, lintons, upper c: Brent I have had a good look at this oboe and it appears to be an old old Linton possibly not made by Cabart in Paris but made by the original company possible pre war. There is no left hand F nor is there a fork F vent so it suggests that. As it hasn...

Oboe: embrochure, clarinet embouchure, oboe teacher
clarinet embouchure, oboe teacher, oboe players: Dear Amina I am very sorry not to have answered you quicker than I have. And next I am going to ask you if you wouldn t mind sending me a picture of you playing. It might help me to discover what is happening to your embouchure. Photos of you playing...

Oboe: Flat G and F-sharp on oboe, dear maggie, mr bridge
dear maggie, mr bridge, f sharp: Dear Maggie What an annoyance! I have had this problem myself and more often than not it has been the cane quality that has been very poor. But in your case it could well be that your shape IS too wide for you, your embouchure and your oboe. The 900 series...

Oboe: Informaition about an old oboe?, oboists, octaves
oboists, octaves, brevet: Dear Johannes Thank you for this interesting question. I would love to see more pictures if that is possible. Please send them to the email address at my website which is: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com This will accept many more uploaded pictures....

Oboe: Linton Oboe, tone holes, best guess
tone holes, best guess, oboist: Dear Nester Thank you for the picture which helps me enormously to ID the oboe. I wonder if it possible for you to send me some more photos of the instrument. More in close up and also the back view to see what keys there are on the back of the top joint....

Oboe: maintenance procedures, hair blower, unfortunate experience
hair blower, unfortunate experience, air drying: Joel, I use a silk swab. I would advise hand washing and air drying. I do think using any kind of dryer whether it be an automatic one or a hair blower is too risky. Silk dries quickly so it shouldn t be too much of an inconvenience. Since we are on the...

Oboe: oboe care, silk cloth, cotton swab
silk cloth, cotton swab, swabs: Joel I would let it dry naturally. Silk sometimes doesn t take kindly to being machine dried. You could always try it I suppose as they aren t very expensive if it was ruined. I have never had to do this I must confess. I have a few on the go all...

Oboe: Oboe problems, pheasant feather, dirt particles
pheasant feather, dirt particles, oboes: Dear Bozidar Hope you are well and have some good reeds at the moment! If you haven t then you just keep going until you do!!! The best cleaner I find is the swab and a feather. I used to always use a pheasant feather for everything but I find the swab...

Oboe: Oboe questions, pitch note, reed cases
pitch note, reed cases, equal temperament: Bozidar I ll see if I can help! I have no idea which materials you should use to make a reed case. I am afraid that this is not my expertise! I just buy reed cases and have never ever made one. Good luck with that. Practising with a tuner is another...

Oboe: Cabart Serial Number, english spelling, intermediate model
english spelling, intermediate model, loree: Dear Felipe Have you any photos of this oboe please or a web site where I can see it to find out which model it is? The serial number does not mean much I m afraid. They made hundreds of oboes and most of the lists of numbers are lost. The maker ceased...

Oboe: Hardness testers, usable numbers, hardness tester
usable numbers, hardness tester, hardness testers: Dear Matthew I use a Hardness tester all the time I must admit. It is the digital model by Reeds n Stuff but the analogue is just as good! What it s really useful for is showing which is soft and useless - although I am usually pretty accurate when I...

Oboe: LAFLEUR oboe, model s2, lm series
model s2, lm series, oboe teacher: Dear Susan My understanding is that LaFleur were taken over by Boosey & Hawkes in 1917. They were music dealers and had a shop at 15 Green Street off Leicester Square.They sourced instruments from other makers and didn t have a manufacturing arm as far...

Oboe: Model Number of Oboe, octaves, yob
octaves, yob, oboe: Dear Jackie Sorry to be so late in responding. Do accept my apologies. The Yamaha oboe in the picture looks like a Model 241 as it goes down just to bottom B and not bottom B flat. It has semi automatic octaves and a simplified conservatoire system ...

Oboe: Oboe advices, mozart concerto, deliberate practice
mozart concerto, deliberate practice, finger patterns: Dear Bozidar Sorry I have been very busy with all sorts of things and only now able to tackle your questions. I will answer them in order for you. 1. Yes it is worth practising without blowing but only slowly and deliberately. What you can t really achieve...

Oboe: Oboe Appraisal, selmer bundy, cosmetic appearance
selmer bundy, cosmetic appearance, reputable dealer: Dear Glenn Your oboe has an intermediate key system which means it has not got all the trills and frills of the Gillet system. It goes down to bottom B and not B flat. It could be sold as a student instrument and as such would bring about $500 - 550...

Oboe: Oboe questions, oboe reed, marigaux oboe
oboe reed, marigaux oboe, double knot: Hi Bozidar Again sorry for the delay but your question got trashed by mistake. But here I am! 1. I tie a double knot and put a spot of varnish on there to stop it unravelling. 2. I cut a small piece off a drinking straw and use that slipped over...

Oboe: Oboe water bubbles, pheasant feather, skilled job
pheasant feather, skilled job, almond oil: Alex Water bubbles are caused by condensation from the breath as you blow your oboe getting into holes. To prevent these happening make sure you clean out the oboe regularly with a silk pull through, and occasionally as you play tap the bell on your knee...

Oboe: Rigoutat Classique Systeme Roland, rigoutat, reputable dealer
rigoutat, reputable dealer, oboes: Dear Karen I reckon this oboe was made in about 2010. I don t have an accurate list so this is an estimate. The Roland system of joint lengths is pretty new so that definitely in the ball park. Email Philippe Rigoutat and ask him. He ll tell you when he...

Oboe: www.oboe-helios.es, occasional batches, rigotti
occasional batches, rigotti, wwww: Dear Jesus I have no direct experience of this cane I m sorry to say. I tend to stick to the brands I know and of course these vary a little from year to year. I have had success with Neuranter, KGe, Rigotti and Alliuad over the years with occasional...

Oboe: 3rd Octave High Notes, howarth oboe, chris redgate
howarth oboe, chris redgate, oxford university press: Dear Leonora There is a very good web site run by Chris Redgate called the 21stCentury oboe: www.21stcenturyoboe.com/ On it you will find lots of fingerings up to top C7 and D flat above that. There is also a lot about the new Howarth oboe which plays...

Oboe: buffet oboe, keywork, lighter
keywork, lighter, pitch: Dear Wong I have the Greenline and think it is marvellous. The wooden version is not quite as good in my opinion. At least the ones I have tried have not been as even and responsive. They are a little lighter in weight but I think the advantages of...

Oboe: marigaux oboe 1974 valuation, sml, professional career
sml, professional career, techies: Michael Would it be possible to send me a couple of photos of the oboe? If so send them to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com This server will accept more pictures than AllExperts. A surface crack can easily be repaired - so well that it wouldn...

Oboe: noblet english horn s/n 39A, double reed instruments, english horns
double reed instruments, english horns, noblet: Dear Bert I am very much afraid that there isn t a list that I know of for the Noblet range of double reed instruments. The english horns were made by Cabart and probably in the 1950 s or even earlier but no later than the 1960 s. There is a lot...

Oboe: Oboe, l 144, pounds sterling
l 144, pounds sterling, oboes: Dear Amanda With a serial number of 5888 I reckon that your oboe was made in about 1973/74. This a rough guess but definitely in the ballpark. It would be an early Model 901. I presume that it is a full Gillet system oboe and has no cracks. The bell will...

Oboe: oboe, clarinet players, english horn
clarinet players, english horn, oboe: Dear T Amor It is really good to hear of your enthusiasm for all these instruments. I wish I had persevered with the piano because now I can only play the oboe, english horn and oboe d amore. I did try the guitar for a while but didn t persevere! I do wish...

Oboe: oboe cane growing, spanish paella, arundo donax
spanish paella, arundo donax, reed maker: Dear Jose Thank you for your question. I am afraid that I am no expert on growing cane only using it! Well, I know more about that aspect of arundo donax. Have you approached Carles Medir in Girona, Northern Spain by any chance? He might help you although...

Oboe: oboe sticky keys, sticky keys, proprietary brands
sticky keys, proprietary brands, wrong stuff: Dear Brent Simple question but a good one. Too many players either don t oil or use the wrong stuff. Any of the cheap oils 3 in 1 and such like are useless. I use a very high grade watch oil which costs an arm and a leg. If I have removed a rod...

Oboe: Oboe tips, smooth tone, oboists
smooth tone, oboists, christmas concert: Dear Kent I ll answer your questions in order if I can... 1. A muffled D Flat can be caused by several things. Check that the C key is closing properly when you press the C# key. If the C pad isn t fully covering its hole the C# (Db) will be unstable,...

Oboe: serial number, thumb rest, loree
thumb rest, loree, chauvet: Amanda, depends upon the manufacturer of the oboe. Some serial numbers are found on the first joint beneath the thumb rest,others on the top of the reverse side of the bell (near the metal ring), and still others on the reverse side of the 2nd joint. Loree,...

Oboe: starting instruction for a 10 year old, student oboe, rigoutat
student oboe, rigoutat, finger placement: Dear Glen It is good to have a knowledge of the pain and I feel that both could be tackled simultaneously. Nowadays children of about eight or nine are very capable of learning the oboe. There are indeed smaller oboes designed to help them get underway....

Oboe: TUNING PROBLEM WITH COR ANGLAIS, cor anglais, external measurements
cor anglais, external measurements, instrument technician: Dear Christopher I have pondered over this one for a while and wonder one or two things. Have you changed your reeds? A wider reed will give you a flatter pitch in the upper notes of the top joint. Is the crook going right into the socket? The bore...

Oboe: 901 vs 2001, adjustable thumb, thumb rest
adjustable thumb, thumb rest, marigaux: Hi, Leonora, I m not sure that my knowledge of repairing and adjusting oboes has any linear connection to Marigaux oboes, however, I ll try to be helpful here. From what I can see, the difference is that the 2001 is a more ergonomic oboe. Marigaux redesigned...

Oboe: Buffet Oboe -- green line? or not?, double reed society, double reed news
double reed society, double reed news, british double reed society: Dear John It is unlikely that your Buffet is a Greenline because its serial number would have a letter G either before or after the figures. The Greenlines began to be made in 1994 and your serial number signifies a date of 1995. I don t think they made...

Oboe: Difference between reeds, oboe reed, nasal quality
oboe reed, nasal quality, oboe player: Hi, Debera. Believe it or not, you have touched on an often very touchy and controversial topic. If you get an American and European oboist together, you re likely to get a lively and heated discussion regarding reed preferences. Yes, there is a difference...

Oboe: Difference between reeds, heinz holliger, scrape
Oboe: Difference between reeds, heinz holliger, scrape, reeds

Oboe: loose pad, cork pad, repair man
Oboe: loose pad, cork pad, repair man, correct position

Oboe: oboe, double reed society, international double reed
Oboe: oboe, double reed society, international double reed, international double reed society

Oboe: Incagnoli oboes, rome roma, fine instruments
rome roma, fine instruments, oboist: Dear Jim The company Incagnoli began in the second quarter of the 20th century. The original maker Spartaco Incangoli collaborated with oboist Riccardo Scozzi - about 1920 - and produced an oboe which Orsi of Milan built. In 1948 the company began in Rome...

Oboe: loose pad, oboe repairs, double reeds
oboe repairs, double reeds, repair person: David, Yes, it s possible to re-glue the pad however, I would recommend that you have a qualified individual (someone who is knowledgeable about oboe repairs) do the work. Gluing a pad onto a key is a bit more complicated than it sounds. You have to assure...

Oboe: Monnig AM 150, ludwig frank, staple length
ludwig frank, staple length, rigoutat: Veroslav When you say the A on oct.1 do you mean the low A (A=440cps) or the one with the octave key? Sometimes the A is a little down in pitch compared especially to the G next to it. The G is often sharp and some players like to make a reed to get...

Oboe: New oboe Marigaux 901 or Ludwig Frank Brilliant????, marigaux oboes, oboe marigaux
marigaux oboes, oboe marigaux, oboe players: Hi Marcos I am very sorry that I have not played a Ludwig Frank oboe for a long period so it would be unfair of me to judge. I have tried them in the past and they have been very good so I am not surprised that you are finding difficulty in choosing one...

Oboe: Oboe adjustment, octave key, cue tip
octave key, cue tip, cigarette paper: Hi, Bozidar. I m assuming that you re referring to the lower register octave key (E to Ab). It s not usual to have water get trapped in the lower octave key - more commonly this happens to the upper octave. Are you only hearing it in F only? What about...

Oboe: Oboe make/model, internet search engines, close ups
internet search engines, close ups, 40s: Dear Ralph This is an interesting mark. I m sorry to be a pest but could send me a couple more photos please of the oboe itself and also more close ups of the trade mark. Is the mark on all three joints by the way? One or two tantalising details are not...

Oboe: oboe, oboes for sale, leslie sheppard
oboes for sale, leslie sheppard, metal thumb: Hi, Sam. Yes, it seems that you are indeed missing at least two keys in the upper joint (A and G). It also seems to be missing the set screw that prevents the G# key from opening when F# is played. I m not sure whether the instrument originally had that...

Oboe: oboe type, france artist, artist model
france artist, artist model, type question: Dear Barb That is about the right price if the oboe is in good condition. Perhaps a bit on the high side but you know how it plays and where it is coming from. If you are happy with everything such as condition, how it plays, cosmetically looking good -...

Oboe: Reeds, reed cane, sure what type
reed cane, sure what type, mandrel: Jacki, my guess is that the reason you re getting tired is the reed is too stiff and you have to blow harder in order to produce a tone. The problem with commercial reeds - no matter how good they are - is that they are created for the maker s embouchure...

Oboe: Wobbly f sharp and g, tiny sliver, f sharp
tiny sliver, f sharp, thorny problem: Matthew The C problem is most often the staple and you may find using the Chiarugi Glotin copy good. Ke Ge has a staple which he claims solves this C problem. Certainly they used to use a Pisoni staples which did give flat middle C s. His own design (yet...

Oboe: restarting the oboe, fingering chart, octave key
fingering chart, octave key, oboe player: Welcome Back, Nicholas. Yes, it sounds like the smaller octave key is exactly what I m talking about. It s used to help the upper notes above high D to speak. In soaking the reed, what I meant is once the reed is in the water, suck on the tube (as you would...

Oboe: Strasser, woodwind player, rich tone
woodwind player, rich tone, oboist: Hi, Dawn. You are correct the oboe was manufactured by Marigaux. The company was originally founded by 3 partners: Marigaux, Strasser and Lemaire (hence the stencil SML that is often seen on the oboes). Unlike other instruments, oboes don t usually increase...

Oboe: Value of my Gordet Oboe?, gordet, cosmetic appearance
gordet, cosmetic appearance, paris ny: Dear Derek It is difficult to place this oboe if it has conflicting markings. Lots depend on whether it has thick walls which would then probably make it a Hans Kreul made Gordet. Hence a German one. If it is, it might fetch about $2500 but probably...

Oboe: Value/Model of my oboe, value model, correct direction
value model, correct direction, selmer: Dear Kristin Would you please send me some pictures of your oboe. If I can see the actual oboe I will have a better idea of what model you have and its condition. Send the pictures to : advertising@bdrs.org.uk This site will allow bigger downloads....

Oboe: Value of My Oboe, loree oboe, cosmetic terms
loree oboe, cosmetic terms, eye of the beholder: Dear Richard Your Loree was made in about 1971/1972 time. The value is nearly always in the eye of the beholder of course. Much depends on how it looks in cosmetic terms and also how it plays. If it has never cracked that is really good and adds to the...

Oboe: age of oboe, kreul, importers
kreul, importers, serial number: Dear Chris It is very unlikely that I could tell the age of your oboe accurately. These stencil instruments were made in Germany by Hans Kreul over a period of years for importers Mirafone. From about 1960 - 1980 I think. Kreul themselves didn...

Oboe: Confusing problem, treble clef, cigarette paper
treble clef, cigarette paper, confusing problem: Dear Becci So it s bottom C. OK! Oh dear there are potentially quite a few things that could cause this to happen. Unless you reeds are not freely vibrating it will most probably be a leaking pad - out of adjustment or badly seated in its cup. 1....

Oboe: English Horn, kohlert, english horn
kohlert, english horn, dear john: Dear John V. Kohlert had a long and interesting history and flourished mainly in 1840 - 1880 and then as V Kohlert /Sohne/Graslitz from 1880 - 1945. Could you send me some photographs of the instrument please and I ll have a go at tracking it down...

Oboe: English Horn finish, kohlert, english horn
kohlert, english horn, age thanks: John, as I state in my summary, I don t answer questions about vintage or value; if you haven t already, you might want to ask this of Geoffrey; he s much more knowledgeable about those things than I. In terms of shiny bells. I ve never known anyone who...

Oboe: Greenline demise?, double reed news, bbc national orchestra
double reed news, bbc national orchestra, david cowley: Dear Anton As far as I am aware the Greenline continues as strongly as ever. Strange that it doesn t figure on the BC website. The Double Reed News magazine of the BDRS only last Winter edition (mid November) had a major article and advert for the Greenline...

Oboe: Oboe, mark windsor, john grey
mark windsor, john grey, pointed stars: Dear Rebecca Can of worms here! The trade mark without any other markings such as 5 pointed stars or a lyre in a cartouche might and I stress might, be coming from the Elkhart stable in the USA. They used the trade mark Windsor on some of their instruments....

Oboe: Oboe sforzando, abdominal muscles, sforzando
abdominal muscles, sforzando, solo chamber: Dear Bozidar The important thing about the sforzando is how much. In chamber music often less than in orchestral music. It is a question of judgement and good taste which in turn comes from musical experience I suppose. For the really big aggressive...

Oboe: Origin of F and C Fingering, oboe music, mr bridge
oboe music, mr bridge, acoustical characteristics: Joung, once again this question was sent to me rather than Geoffrey Bridge. I m not sure why this is happening but you might want to double check and make sure that you re sending it to the right person. Just to be clear, I didn t state that I couldn t...

Oboe: Straight oboe shapers, reed tip, rigotti
reed tip, rigotti, stapes: Dear Nicholas There are very few straight shapers on the market which are not allied to a machine such as those made by Hortnagel and Reeds n Stuff. If you have one these machines the number of shapes is enormous! The only ones I know of are made by Prestini...

Oboe: trill, laubin oboe, spanish music
laubin oboe, spanish music, trill: Hi, Nancy. Yes there is a much easier way to trill between C and C#. Facing the top joint, notice that there are 2 small keys opposite and between the B/A and A/G keys. The bottom one (between A/G) is the one you want. Play C and use that key to trill...

Oboe: V.KOHLERT & SONS OBOE?, kohlert, dear frank
kohlert, dear frank, london paris: Dear Frank Would you be good enough to send me a couple of photographs please. I will have some idea of its condition then. Please send them to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com By the way I will be away from the computer from early Saturday to...

Oboe: Value of oboe, string instruments, letters and numbers
string instruments, letters and numbers, oboe: Dear Mark The mark FF1 shows that your oboe was made in about 1914 - round that time give or take a year. The letters in the serial mark changed to AB in 1929 when the double letter system came to an end. AA started in 1920 before that they were single...

Oboe: Begining oboe lessons, rudiments of music, oboe players
rudiments of music, oboe players, popular instruments: Valerie, I can t tell you what a joy it is to hear about your interest in music. In this world of passive music listening, it s so nice to hear from someone who is a music activist and considering a career in the field. You are wise in starting with clarinet...

Oboe: Cabart de Paris oboe, serial number list, would like your opinion
serial number list, would like your opinion, instrument tuning: Dear Eva A Cabart for that money would be pretty good value as long as it doesn t need lots of work! The Cabart was made up to the 1960 s or thereabouts and as there doesn t seem to be a serial number list that is meaningful it is hard for me to say how...

Oboe: music-oldtimer saxoboe mouthpiece, quality instrument, instrument manufacturers
Oboe: music-oldtimer saxoboe mouthpiece, quality instrument, instrument manufacturers, oboe

Oboe: Glisando technique, finger plates, finger movement
finger plates, finger movement, glissandi: Dear Bozidar Glissandi are not that easy. But not impossible. It is simply that you have to slide your finger gradually off the holes on the finger plates in order to produce the effect. Some players use a combination of finger movement and lip. A lot...

Oboe: Jarde Oboe, english horns, reputable place
english horns, reputable place, marigaux: Dear Diane The Jarde is a good oboe no question of that. They are often said to have made oboes for Marigaux in the immediate pre war period. so they are of great quality. The value in good condition I think would be about $1500 maximum because of the age....

Oboe: Markardt cor, czech border, howarth
czech border, howarth, loree: Hi Jade A Markhardt cor? The company I think was the forerunner of the Moennig Company which started in 1976. Some of the employees of Markandt went to work for Adler and some for Moennig. They were situated in the Markneukirchen area on the Czech border...

Oboe: music-oldtimer saxoboe mouthpiece, double reed instruments, oboe reed
double reed instruments, oboe reed, soprano sax: Sean, I don t know much about the sax-oboe (you know a lot more about it than I - maybe you should register on allexperts as an expert on the instrument). I did some research also (I learned that an alternative search term is sax-oboe ). There is a forum...

Oboe: Need a new oboe, open holes, hole system
open holes, hole system, marigaux: Dear Sian I am sorry to be a little late in replying to your query. Yet another Bank Holiday as you will know!! I can well understand your wish to have another oboe. I think with a 30+ year old S2 oboe it is probably not as easy to find a broad and warm...

Oboe: Oboe details and age, mirafone, marigaux
mirafone, marigaux, oboes: Dear Christian The Mirafone oboes were made by Cabart and by Kreul. The Kreul ones were thought to be better. It is sometimes hard to tell the difference but if you can send me some photos I might help identify who made yours. They are know as stencil...

Oboe: Oboe reed, nosed pliers, wire cutters
nosed pliers, wire cutters, tube cane: Dear Bozidar The wire needs to go on the reed half way from the bottom of the scrape to the top of the binding. This seems to be the best place for it. If you play with more reed in the mouth then perhaps a little further down will do the trick. I use...

Oboe: Oboe reed tip cutter, oboe reed, reed tip
oboe reed, reed tip, embroidery scissors: Dear Bozidar The best tip cutter is probably the Rieger as you say but it is expensive. I have no experience of the other cutters they sell on Kreedo. But I think the Chiarugi might be the best as their stuff is usually pretty well made. The other one...

Oboe: Origin of F and C Fingering, yale university press, boehm system
yale university press, boehm system, philip bate: Dear Joung I haven t had any meaningful answers to my questions! I am referred to the Boehm system oboe which never caught on. see the book The Oboe by Philip Bate or the book The Oboe by Burgess and Haynes Yale University Press, for further information....

Oboe: oboe reeds, saliva, fibers
saliva, fibers, enzymes: Hi, Sabrina. I don t disinfect reeds. The only reason I can see for doing so is if you re teaching and need to adjust and test out a student s reed. Generally when I adjust a student s reed, I have them play it and let me know whether what I did was helpful....

Oboe: oboe valuation, fledgling band, strong suspicion
fledgling band, strong suspicion, cosmetic appearance: Dear Lynden I have a strong suspicion that the wooden Buescher Oboes were made by Cabart for that company. It is what is known as a stencil instrument. These are bought in by a well known wind supplier/manufacturer who perhaps specialises in other instruments...

Oboe: p gerard wooden clarinet, oboes and clarinets, clarinet world
oboes and clarinets, clarinet world, peter hurd: Dear Patricia I am actually an oboe specialist and have only a little knowledge of the clarinet world I m afraid. However I can tell you that Paul Gerard was a dealer in woodwind instruments in Paris from 1899 to 1956. He dealt in the quality end of...

Oboe: Raphael Special, rigoutat, marigaux
rigoutat, marigaux, instument: Hi Gary The Raphael Special oboe is a stencil instrument. These were made by Marigaux or Rigoutat and probably Malerne for Bernard Raphael. The chances are they are great playing oboes when in good condition. Bernard Raphael was an oboe student at...

Oboe: Rigoutat 026 HH, rigoutat, nevena
rigoutat, nevena, serial number: Dear Nevena From the serial number I think you have a 1976 -ish Classique model oboe. It would be a help to see it if that were possible. If you could send me a few pictures of it to my website that would help. My web site is: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: reeds won't vibrate, bottom diameter, guercio
bottom diameter, guercio, top os: Dear Mojca I am sorry to hear this. Very frustrating problem. What I suggest is that you make sure that you tie on to the top of the staple and no further. MAke sure that the sides close one turn before the top of the staple. I reckon this to be the golden...

Oboe: Selmer oboe age, professional oboe, serial number list
professional oboe, serial number list, adult beginner: Dear Julie I don t have a reliable serial number list for Selmer oboes so I can t tell you how old your instrument is. Best thing is to check with the Selmer website and see how your oboe model matches the current specification. There were a few changes...

Oboe: Beginner Oboist, mr bridge, student oboe
mr bridge, student oboe, ebay: Dear Izak I am so pleased that you want to play the oboe. A great instrument to play but then I would say that wouldn t I? In your price range there is very little that would be obtainable new. For $500 though you might get a reasonable used oboe. My...

Oboe: Boosey and Hawkes Emperor Oboe, boosey and hawkes, open holes
boosey and hawkes, open holes, student oboe: Dear Karyn It is hard to tell the age I m afraid but I would estimate that it will be about 35 years old. Booseys as a manufacturer of instruments ceased to exist in about 2001 with the closure of the Edgeware factory. They still publish music but the name...

Oboe: Choosing an English Horn, english horns, quality horn
english horns, quality horn, instrument names: Hi, Colin. I spent a week in Halifax a number of years ago. Beautiful city on the Atlantic where most pubs brew their own ales. I agree with you about the resin instruments. One of my first oboes was a plastic Linton I rented from the school system. I...

Oboe: effective length, flow control valve, quarter wavelength
flow control valve, quarter wavelength, reed instruments: Hi Chantelle I have just answered your question and the system seems to have lost it hence this appears to be a revision! Physics of Sound Production Sound production in all wind instruments depends on the entry of air into a flow-control valve attached...

Oboe: Flat middle C and sharp middle D, glotin, nigel clark
glotin, nigel clark, rigoutat: Dear Sandy This problem you have does happen with oboes and is sometimes related to the type of staple you are using. It is also related to the width of the shape. This means that before having anything drastic done to the oboe you should consider trying...

Oboe: effective length, right on target, mr bridge
Oboe: effective length, right on target, mr bridge, conical shape

Oboe: Help identifying oboe?, student instruments, selmer
student instruments, selmer, composite material: Hi Deborah What you have here seems from your picture to be a Selmer USA 1492B. I think you will find that it is not wood but a wood-grained composite material. These are student instruments with a basic conservatoire key system which goes down to...

Oboe: Oboe adjustments, flat response, middle c
flat response, middle c, b natural: Bozidar, Welcome back. Before I can give you a response, I need to know a few things. What experiments did you do with your screwdriver? That is, what adjustments did you make on your oboe? When you refer to the third octave, do you mean the octave...

Oboe: Oboe Model Number, selmer, model number
selmer, model number, web email: Dear Jolinda I would really need to have a look at your oboe before trying to do an ID. So, could you send some photos to my web email address which is: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com This site will let you upload more photographs. I ll get back...

Oboe: Oboe questions, violin sonatas, pheasant feather
violin sonatas, pheasant feather, enormous concentration: Dear Bozidar Sorry to be a bit late in replying but here I am. I suggest you could oil the wood of your oboe once a year at the most. You use almond oil or a special oil sold for the purpose by suppliers such as Yamaha. I use a tiny smear on a pheasant...

Oboe: Oboe questions, synovial sheath, geoffrey hope
synovial sheath, geoffrey hope, finger exercises: Hi Bozidar Sorry to be late with your answer. !. The speed of that finger is nearly always a problem for most players. It concerns the strength of the finger which needs improving. Finger exercises are useful and I find playing the piano -which I do very...

Oboe: Oboe questions, ramon ortega, german tradition
ramon ortega, german tradition, grit size: Dear Bozidar The only Master Class that I know of which might be of interest to you is at Markneukirchen - home of good instrument makers - with Gunther Passin in September. At this late date getting on might be tricky. Try their website: http://www.instrumental-competition.de/engl/fs-engl.htm...

Oboe: Oboe value, maccabee, oboes
maccabee, oboes, pointed star: Dear Ken The genuine Malerne oboes are on the whole quite good if not outstanding. The company flourished from about 1932 to 1950 so the oboe you have is old. With a serial number of 158 we might assume that it is from the 1930 s. It could have...

Oboe: Storing wood oboes, mold growth, humidifier
mold growth, humidifier, selmer: Hi, Joel. First, in terms of the damper or humidifier, since you have to dampen the device, their effect lasts until they go dry. Given that you re going to be leaving for a while, I doubt they will be of any use in the long term. The enemies of wood are...

Oboe: selling my selmer, selmer, oboes
selmer, oboes, corks: Dear Rachel Thanks for the pictures sent to my email address. These Selmer 1492b oboes don t sell that well used I m afraid. I think the problem being that there is no bottom B flat but they do, when in good order, play well enough. Some will be better...

Oboe: storing wood oboes, camping stores, cigarette papers
camping stores, cigarette papers, aluminum foil: Dear Joel Sorry that I didn t make the terminology clear for you. When I speak of joint I am referring to the whole section of the oboe, not just the cork joint. The oboe is spoken of breaking down into three separate pieces. viz. The top joint,...

Oboe: Use of the thumb Left hand, thumb key, hand thumb
thumb key, hand thumb, band teacher: Hi, Alex. It s interesting how some question give me pause. I ve been playing oboe for well close to 50 years and there are some things that have become automatic - where I place my left thumb prior to use is just one of those. So, I put together my oboe...

Oboe: Cabart brevet Oboe, principal oboist, cape town symphony
principal oboist, cape town symphony, town symphony orchestra: Dear Peter You have just managed to get me before I go on holiday and off the air as it were! Tricky to answer your question as I don t really know the SA market at all. A pre-war Cabart would fetch no more than between £650 - £700 in the UK even if...

Oboe: English Horn, octave key, church environment
octave key, church environment, bocal: Dear Sue Look at one or two things. Are you using too much pressure from the lips for these notes? Are you having to support more to have them sound at all? In other words blowing too hard. If that is the case get the instrument checked. If there is...

Oboe: english horn reed selection, double reed, oboists
double reed, oboists, english horn: Dear Greg Sorry that I have been unable to answer your question before today. It s been busy round the Bridge household! Reed selection is always personal as you are aware. However I would start with a medium strength reed and see how that goes. Don...

Oboe: Higher Notes, finger and thumb, octave key
finger and thumb, octave key, hi matthew: Matthew Sometimes when the reed is compromised (busted!) or too soft the G is a tricky note to get as it is at the top of the 1st octave venting range. It can sag a lot too or simply not go up to the octave. A new reed might be the answer for you. As...

Oboe: Oboe age, history and valuation, fortay, gold stamp
fortay, gold stamp, dear christine: Dear Christine Lafleur were a music retail dealer and publishers. They originated in London in 1862 and were bought by Boosey in 1917. The name was then used by Boosey and after the amalgamation with Hawkes & Sons - Boosey & Hawkes - on instruments made...

Oboe: Oboe reed making, oboe reed, oboe reeds
oboe reed, oboe reeds, tone holes: Sorry Bozidar I have been away from things again. Life is SO busy at the moment. I have a stack of work in my diary for oboe playing! Which is good but.... Your problem I think can be solved by trying this trick. Extend the scrape back another millimeter...

Oboe: Oboe single tonguing, pearls on a string, diminuendo
pearls on a string, diminuendo, play four: Dear Bozidar Once again sorry for being late! The question of developing speed often comes up. It all comes down to work. Work in a relaxed way without too much effort to make the reed vibrate and push and pull the tongue without huge movement. The...

Oboe: Oboe Valuation, dear sally, area education
dear sally, area education, ebay: Dear Sally These oboes were made for Boosey & Hawkes who used the brand name of LaFleur in the 1960 s and 1970 s. They were popular in schools as an improvement over the plastic B&H Regent oboe. The LaFleur company was bought by B&H in 1917 - they had...

Oboe: beginner oboe questions, yamaha 211s, local music store
yamaha 211s, local music store, those keys: Hi Carla The choice of an oboe for a youngster is tricky. If she is on the small side an oboe without the low B flat and left hand F would save a bit of weight and will be a little smaller. More manageable perhaps. But... read on... I started at the...

Oboe: Rigoutat English Horn, mr bridge, rigoutat
Oboe: Rigoutat English Horn, mr bridge, rigoutat, joung

Oboe: wonderful Gordet oboe, list html, oboe
Oboe: wonderful Gordet oboe, list html, oboe, woodwind

Oboe: Loree Oboe Value, instrumental music teacher, double reeds
instrumental music teacher, double reeds, dear joseph: Dear Joseph You have just squeezed in your question before I go on holiday and I am not available for a few weeks! If the number is Y30 this indicates that the oboe was made in 1909 so it is a very old girl indeed. These old instruments are considered...

Oboe: Loree oboe wood?, shop in paris, london company
shop in paris, london company, questioners: John, I assure you I was not offended; I just don t want to waste the questioners and my time with questions that I don t think I m qualified to answer. Value and vintage are just not my areas of expertise. I have to say that this oboe would certainly qualify...

Oboe: "The Oboe Doctor", medical balloons, volunteer experts
medical balloons, volunteer experts, double reed: Bozidar, welcome back. I have a request of you before I respond to your questions. Please remember to rate the responses. I noticed that you ve asked and I ve responded to 2 prior questions and each time you neglected to provide a rating. This is the...

Oboe: Rigoutat English Horn, english horns, rigoutat
english horns, rigoutat, english horn: Dear BJ Sorry I have been away yet again so have only been able to address your query today. I hope you will forgive me. The Rigoutat number suggests it was made about 1959 as I told you previously. The value depends on the condition and how it plays....

Oboe: wonderful Gordet oboe, tone holes, gordet
tone holes, gordet, davenport ia: Steve, many years ago, I had a chance to try out a Gordet. My understanding at that time was that it had a unique bore that resulted in facilitating the lower register and creating a darker tone. The instrument I tried was certainly true to those characteristics....

Oboe: beginning oboe market, rigoutat, grade daughter
rigoutat, grade daughter, keywork: Dear Scott I think the brand really does matter at the beginning stages and the maxim of buying the best you can afford is a good one. The makes you refer to are fine but I have others which I would go for if you can find them. These are Buffet, Howarth,...

Oboe: choosing an oboe, mr bridge, rigoutat
mr bridge, rigoutat, detectable difference: Dear KD First of all plastic versus wood. With good makers such as the ones you are thinking of there would be little detectable difference between wood and plastic. The plastic don t crack which is a huge bonus. The wood oboes can perhaps be marginally...

Oboe: crowing C when making reeds, reed maker, hair shirt
reed maker, hair shirt, internal volume: Hi Bev Thanks for the great description of what you have achieved so far. I think it looks like you have too long a tip. Now I m not a great expert on the long scraped reed as I play mainly on a European type of lay and scrape. However I do make a hybrid...

Oboe: paul gerard alto saxophone, double reed, oboe
Oboe: paul gerard alto saxophone, double reed, oboe

Oboe: Rimsky-Korsakov cadenza, avail
Oboe: Rimsky-Korsakov cadenza, avail

Oboe: Flat high A,B,Bb and C., oboe type, upper partials
oboe type, upper partials, sarah dear: Dear Sarah You certainly have a good oboe in the S45c which shouldn t give trouble in the high note area. You don t want to be pushing them up all the time either, with your lip! Some oboes do like a little more support however - the Rigouatat is one...

Oboe: Linton Wood Oboe, conn selmer, alma street
conn selmer, alma street, question thanks: Dear David Thanks for the pictures of your oboe. It is ring model, open-holed oboe with semi automatic octave keys, C/C# and C/D trills, right hand G# trill key, oboe extends down to low B flat. A classic straightforward open hole design based on...

Oboe: Oboe care, first rule of thumb, baseline condition
first rule of thumb, baseline condition, finger hole: Bozidar, Congratulations on this wonderful opportunity to play in the youth orchestra. The question is quite complex and the first rule of thumb is if it isn t broken, don t fix it. It is always best to have a professional oboe technician go over your oboe...

Oboe: Oboe dimensions, reamers, open hole
reamers, open hole, reamer: Dear Lee I think this is almost impossible to answer for you. Each maker is very secretive about their bore dimensions, they all have different ideas. These dimensions are extremely subtle and have been developed by the maker over years in most cases. The...

Oboe: oboe selection, high pitch, oboes
high pitch, oboes, worth consideration: Dear KD I wouldn t bother with a used Loree of that age. It might be good and obviously having not tried the oboe I can t say for sure. But a new Howarth S40 properly set up will be superior. It may need a little blowing in but will serve well for years...

Oboe: Oboe value, oboes, loree
oboes, loree, german silver: Gail, Unfortunately there are no lists of serial numbers for Cabart so it s hard to know what the exact manufacturing date is of the instrument. The company itself went out of business in the 1940 s and the name was purchased by Loree in 1974. After that...

Oboe: paul gerard alto saxophone, paul gerard, ebayer
paul gerard, ebayer, alto saxophone: Sorry Ronald you have the wrong expert. I am an oboe expert and certainly haven t had any dealings with the saxophone. I advised someone about Paul Gerard the other day - a clarinet in this case. I did explain that I was not a clarinet expert. There must be...

Oboe: Paul Gerard clarinet, brass locks, paul gerard
brass locks, paul gerard, dear linda: Dear Linda Sorry to have been late in replying to your question I have been away from my desk on other tasks! Is it possible for you to send me a couple of pictures? By the way I am an oboist and not a clarinettist but I can still help with history...

Oboe: Rimsky-Korsakov cadenza, mozart concerto, variations on a theme
mozart concerto, variations on a theme, cadenza: Dear Theresa I confess that this is not a piece I have played myself and do not have any copy of! But: The only one I know of is in a Russia edition available free of charge from IMSLP library. Petrucci Library that is. Here is the link straight...

Oboe: Selmer Oboe?, selmer, craigslist
selmer, craigslist, best wishes: Dear Katie Is there a picture of this oboe that you can let me see or a site to go to to find it? I ll tell you better if I see it. I will answer you immediately after receipt. Send any pictures or other info to : geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: Selmer Oboe model number, bottom c, dear brian
bottom c, dear brian, selmer: Dear Brian This oboe of yours looks like a current model 122F but with the addition of the G#-A trill on the side for the right hand. I know that the other models in the range that have this trill include the 101and 121 but these have a split D ring and...

Oboe: Single tonguing, eastman school of music, proper posture
eastman school of music, proper posture, g major scale: Bozidar, Once again, good to hear from you. I don t think there are any secret short cuts to tonguing and it s best achieved through practice. There are a couple of suggestions that might be helpful. Robert Sprenkle (former Professor of Oboe at Eastman...

Oboe: Arion case humidifier, dampit, stringed instruments
dampit, stringed instruments, woodwinds: Joel, I don t know much about the Arion humidifier. That s probably because it s made for stringed instruments and not specific to oboes. I think it would make much more sense to consider a device made specifically for oboes. You could consider Dampit...

Oboe: Arion case humidifier, reed cases, dry atmosphere
reed cases, dry atmosphere, wet climate: Dear Joel I have no experience at all with these in case humidifiers. Some people swear by the ones that you can buy to place within each joint of the clarinet or oboe. They are also made by Arion I think. If you live in a very dry atmosphere and at altitude...

Oboe: Breathing, lower abdomen, embouchure
lower abdomen, embouchure, stable system: Dear Matthew Breathing is a bit complicated on the oboe sometimes I must agree. First you need a reed that is responsive and not making you blow too hard with too much effort. Once you have that try this exercise. Breathe out - yes OUT - then see how...

Oboe: Danzi gouge/ Ruth -2 shape, college freshman, ann hodges
college freshman, ann hodges, chiarugi: Dear Kristin I have no direct knowledge of the Ruth shaper I m afraid. I know that it is has dimensions extremely close to many others . Shapers are a minefield. There are so many of them and the dimensions are extremely subtle. If you look at Ann Hodges...

Oboe: Danzi gouge/ Ruth -2 shape, college freshman, english horn
college freshman, english horn, shaper: Kristin, I have to tell you that I wouldn t consider myself an expert on gougers. I don t gouge my own cane but purchase gouged, and unshaped cane and then shape them myself. I have a shaper that I purchased many, many years ago when I was in high school...

Oboe: Embouchure problem, large lips, embouchure
large lips, embouchure, dear james: Dear James Having larger lips doesn t really stop you playing at all. If you have narrow lips especially the upper lip you can have problems with folding your lips over your teeth as there simply isn t enough length! So where do we go from here? I think...

Oboe: Oboe, opera overtures, flat screwdriver
opera overtures, flat screwdriver, double tonguing: Dear Bozidar Good to hear from you again. I hope you are flourishing well. A spring hook is sold by some dealers such as Howarth s in the London. It is a long rod that has a tiny hook on one end and a small flat screwdriver at the other. The spring...

Oboe: which oboe to buy, west sussex area, boosey and hawkes
west sussex area, boosey and hawkes, lively lady: Dear Judy I am so pleased that you would like to take up the oboe again. Well done you. What you need is a good teacher and Suzie Shrubb in the West Sussex area might help. She teaches in W Sussex schools and is a lively lady and a good teacher. As...

Oboe: Oboe Reviews, double reed instrument, nora post
double reed instrument, nora post, mr bridge: Dear Rossie Yes indeed I do have a Rigoutat Evolution and it is a very good oboe. I am sorry that I haven t seen any double reed dealers dishing the dirt on the Evolution. Who are these people they ought to know better I think!! I refer you and them...

Oboe: Oboe world questions, warm soapy water, oboe reed
warm soapy water, oboe reed, tube cane: Dear Bozidar No no, your are not too demanding as your questions are always interesting. Cleaning oboe staples is easy use warm soapy water and a little brush. You can get them from music shops, they sell as trumpet valve brushes. It is a small conical...

Oboe: Pitch of older oboe, relative pitch, upper registers
relative pitch, upper registers, oboists: Ray, I haven t heard anything that suggests that German oboes are pitched differently. I don t know what you mean by adjusting the bore and that sounds a bit drastic to me. Of all the oboists that I know, I don t anyone who ever adjusted a bore or thought...

Oboe: Rusty plaques, blackwood, plaques
blackwood, plaques, plaque: Dear Xavioe The best plan if the rusting persists is to buy a moulded plaque. These are made out of plastic or blackwood and work well. The usual reed and cane suppliers should stock these. Any difficulty let me know and I ll give you some addresses....

Oboe: Saxoboe, allexpert, ebay
allexpert, ebay, brass wind: Hi, Eric. I have to say from the start that my knowledge comes from my experience of playing oboe for the past close to 50 years. I have never played, nor do I know much about a saxoboe. So, anything I say should be taking with a large grain of salt. I...

Oboe: Short scrape reed adjustments, oboe reed, reed suppliers
oboe reed, reed suppliers, mr bridge: Dear Rachel I ll bet it is the climate difference that you are noticing. It is surprising how much effect humidity and heat has on the response of a reed. There are so many areas to scrape that I don t know where to begin without blowing the reeds!!...

Oboe: value of oboe, artley, junell
artley, junell, string instruments: Dear Junell I wonder if you could send me some pictures of your oboe so I can perhaps determine which model it is. The number you have there is a serial number which is not a lot of help as these lists are not easy to find. Some lists will give us...

Oboe: Value of Rigoutat Oboe?, visible cracks, burgundy leather
visible cracks, burgundy leather, leaps and bounds: Dear Linda That serial number would certainly indicate a late 60 s Classique Model Rigoutat. Its value depends on how it plays and also its cosmetic appearance to a degree. I would thing that you could realistically get about $1800 - $2000 if you...

Oboe: Dry climate--reeds and instrument, loree oboe, heat vent
loree oboe, heat vent, dry climate: Hi, Rebecca. Welcome back to the wonderful (and often frustrating world) of the oboist. Recently I photoshopped a picture of God giving life to Adam from the Sistine Chapel and put an oboe in God s hands. I sent it to my sister-in-law, a fellow oboist....

Oboe: Sound quality for oboe, oboe sound, middle c
Oboe: Sound quality for oboe, oboe sound, middle c, embouchure

Oboe: Flat Oboe., double reed supplies, oboe teacher
double reed supplies, oboe teacher, reed cutting: Hi, Joseph. Welcome to the frustrating, challenging and often rewarding world of oboe playing! I don t think the problem is your embouchure and you might even get into bad habits by trying to correct your pitch that way. Of course, you make small changes...

Oboe: Middle D, gum side, cigarette paper
gum side, cigarette paper, set screw: Hi, Robyn. I m assuming from what you ve said here that in the past the D was speaking all right. So, assuming that s correct, that obviously means that something happened to the instrument in the interim. That middle D comes out soft and squeaky suggests...

Oboe: question about the type of historical oboe, woodwind instruments, close ups
woodwind instruments, close ups, european origin: Dear Tereza What a fascinating instrument! It looks gorgeous. Looks like a boxwood oboe of typical early 20th Century Central European origin! All I can tell you is that the company operated in Pilsen from 1887 until 1925. Five years prior to that they...

Oboe: How to make the reed crow, hand thumb, finger and thumb
hand thumb, finger and thumb, internal volume: Dear Vladimir Very often the reeds don t crow because the blades are too far apart towards the back. This happens often when you have used a convex plaque. This opens them up and the internal volume is too much. So squeeze the reed blades - moistened!!...

Oboe: Repair parts for oboe, steady rest, jaw chuck
steady rest, jaw chuck, probable response: Ken, I have to say that your knowledge and skills are way beyond mine. If you didn t have those skills, my probable response based upon your description would have been that the cost of repair would not be worth the value of the instrument. I played a plastic...

Oboe: Selmer signet soloist, local music store, school band instruments
local music store, school band instruments, additional photos: Dear Krystyna The Selmer 121 is as near as a full conservatoire as it is possible! Please do send me some extra photos if you can to confirm this as the early model like yours, had a few differences. Send them to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com You...

Oboe: Selmer signet soloist oboe, selmers, intermediate student
selmers, intermediate student, selmer: Dear Krys From your picture this looks very much like a Selmer USA current model 121. If it s wood and goes down to B flat - which it does - that might help confirm this. The Signet soloist is the previous model to the 121 - I m fairly certain of that....

Oboe: shaper, rigoutat, mr bridge
rigoutat, mr bridge, marigaux: Dear Gustavo I understand exactly what you are finding with wider shapes and those notes. They are always a problem and need to have quite a lot of cane left in the scrape behind the tip or else they will wobble . Sometimes the picture is confused by the...

Oboe: sharp high c Monnig AM, ludwig frank, least three hours
ludwig frank, least three hours, middle c: Dear Erica The Monnig is a great oboe so persevere! If you are happy with the middle C and it is just the top C then I think there is a solution. There usually is of course but what you don t need is to have to send the oboe away to have it modified...

Oboe: Sound quality for oboe, middle c, embouchure
middle c, embouchure, quack: Dear Khaw Poor old Khaw! It is very annoying not to be able to get a good sound. Unfortunately this does mean a bit of work but usually with the reeds. What sort of reeds do you use? What is you oboe make? How long have you been playing? The breathing...

Oboe: Age and worth of oboe, professional oboist, octave keys
professional oboist, octave keys, leslie sheppard: Dear Steve The Selmer serial number time line is for their sax and flute range of professional instruments beginning in 1922. The Selmer oboe you have is a student model and as far as I know was known as the Console . As I said in my previous notes...

Oboe: embouchures oboe and bassoon, Embouchure, Tonguing
Embouchure, Tonguing: I m assuming that you mean your lower teeth leave imprints on the inside of your lower lip - is that correct? If so it means that you are putting too much pressure on your lower lip. I wonder if your embouchure is too flat - that could very well cause the...

Oboe: Howarth, Mariguax or Loree?
Oboe: Howarth, Mariguax or Loree?

Oboe: Flying Fs again, fundamental variables, diameter tube
fundamental variables, diameter tube, gouger: Dear Tom It is certainly very annoying indeed. Certain examples of models of oboe do tend to fly. You may have one that has that propensity. I used to try to eliminate the problem with a Howarth S2 by not allowing the F key to open as much. This did help...

Oboe: Howarth, Mariguax or Loree?, loree oboe, slurred notes
loree oboe, slurred notes, tony dear: Dear Tony This is THE question! It is actually very difficult to answer. The problem is that all three of those are very good makes and it s not easy to say which is the best because there isn t one on paper really! The mechanicals and the wood and the...

Oboe: Linton Oboe, oboes and bassoons, student models
oboes and bassoons, student models, selmer: Dear Lisa The Linton company existed from about 1925 until 1954. It was founded by Jackson Linton. They were based in Elkhart home of Conn and Selmer USA. The name was carried on by son Jack who made plastic student oboes and bassoons until about 1960s....

Oboe: lower register not playing, finger pad, pad seat
finger pad, pad seat, lower register: Dear Lena The usual suspect is the link between the F# key and the G#pad. This bar goes over the joint and when you twist the lower joint away from the top one you lose that linkage. It often gets a little bent or the adjusting screw has been turned too...

Oboe: Old used Oboe, baldwin pianos, tonawanda ny
baldwin pianos, tonawanda ny, wurlitzer company: Dear Kathy I think that your instrument was made by the Wurlitzer Company. Probably in the first 10 years of the 20th Century. The company was founded by Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer, born in Saxony in 1831 and died in Cincinnati in 1914. They made band...

Oboe: Practice, scale intervals, full time job
scale intervals, full time job, band rehearsal: Dear Edward One of the best practise regimes includes daily long notes say for 10 minutes. Always long notes with crescendos and diminuendos. Start on low A and over a held 4 beat bar, crescendo to the G sharp and then back to piano - making a diminuendo...

Oboe: Rigoutat Classique, octave key, finger plate
octave key, finger plate, accurate adjustment: Dear Paul A Rigoutat Classique is a good buy especially at the price you paid! If it needs some TLC it might be worth spending a little on that - if you can bear to put it down for a week or so! The third octave key really improves the response of...

Oboe: Rigoutat or frank oboe, ludwig frank, rigoutat
ludwig frank, rigoutat, open rings: Edo Sorry to be a bit late in answering this I have had a dose of flu! I admire the fact that you feel the need to play the oboe again. Bravo Bravo!! Rigoutat or Frank? Both these makers produce superb instruments but they are very different i think...

Oboe: Rigoutat Oboe 282z - 1964, dear christine, classic model
dear christine, classic model, embouchure: Dear Christine The Rigoutat you are considering is pretty old. Have you played it? They were what is now known as the Classic model and if not used too much will be great. But...as I say it is getting on for 50 years old and the oboe designs have improved...

Oboe: A Robert Oboe, school orchestras, saxophone player
school orchestras, saxophone player, old timer: Dera Julie Is it possible that you can send me a photo or two? Alexandre Robert was in business from 1895 until 1925 and if it is genuine then oboe is certainly an old timer! If you can send pictures send them to : geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: The role of the profiler in reed making, leleux, profilers
leleux, profilers, rieger: Hi James A profiler cuts out most of the scraping phase of reed making. It is very time consuming scraping reeds unless you are very experienced you can t do it quickly. There is a video where Francois Leleux makes one in 3 minutes or so!! He uses his reed...

Oboe: Selmer 123 FB oboe, side f, quality manufacturer
side f, quality manufacturer, selmer: Mike, the short answer is no. To expand: Selmer is not known as a manufacturer of oboes and I personally wouldn t include the company in my list of preferred oboe makers. From what I can see, this oboe is made of plastic and therefore cannot compare in...

Oboe: Sticking C key, sticky pad, middle c
sticky pad, middle c, dollar bill: Rose Marie, I suspect the reason is that when you hold down the F key in order to play Bb, there is a set key that holds that particular pad down. When you lift the F key to play C, that should allow the pad to rise. Given that it doesn t seems to indicates...

Oboe: Summer problem, professional oboe, tone holes
professional oboe, tone holes, dear peter: Dear Peter I am sorry not to have answered your question so far. As I said before I have been unwell. I am much better but now have to go and play concerts. I promise to answer you on Monday as best I can. I have made a note in my diary to do so. ...

Oboe: Telfon Tape as a substitute for Goldbeater's skin, oboe reed, wax sealer
oboe reed, wax sealer, teflon tape: James Teflon tape is great I think. A good substitute for goldbeaters skin. Try not to be too tight with it and keep it thin and not too many turns round the reed. Then I think it works well. A bit of a beast to handle as it goes into a thread quite...

Oboe: age of oboe, oboe, cupboard
oboe, cupboard, serial numbers: Dear Derek Could you send me a few pictures please to my website email: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com I wll then have a better idea of an age for you. The serial numbers are not unfortunately a great help with this brand. Best Geoffre...

Oboe: age and value aprox. Marigaux oboe, oboe, email
oboe, email: Dear Tracy Please can you send me a picture or two of your Marigaux and attach them to an email. I can ID it better when I see it. I have an idea of its age but valuation is difficult without sight of it. Send email and pictures to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: Breaking in new reeds/Embouchure/Reed problem, oboe reed, oboe reeds
oboe reed, oboe reeds, octave key: Dear James The best way to break in a reed is wet it, blow it a little then let it dry out and stabilise. If the opening is too large, squeeze it down between thumb and first finger of both hands along its whole length. Try not to put a knife to it at this...

Oboe: Buffet Greenline high register, oboe reeds, finger plate
oboe reeds, finger plate, tone hole: Dear Josee The Greenline oboe is great. I have one myself and have always enjoyed it. I did have problems with high notes as well though and the middle E flat which was unreliable. This failing was cured by adjusting the venting in the first finger plate....

Oboe: Hawkes oboe, clarinet, joanne
clarinet, joanne, photograph: Dear Joanne Thank you for asking me about this instrument. From the photograph though I see that it is in fact a clarinet and not an oboe so you had better try a clarinet specialist as I have no real knowledge of the value of old clarinets. All the...

Oboe: Oboe-Cabart a paris before1940, hedge end southampton, key makers
hedge end southampton, key makers, southampton uk: Dear Pier I am sorry to tell you that there is not such a market for old oboe keys. There are so many models and sizes that it would almost impossible to provide keys for all the old makes. However there are key makers who can help but I only know of them...

Oboe: Oboe identification, bells and whistles, ring keys
bells and whistles, ring keys, black paint: Dear John I would love to see some pictures of your oboe. Is that possible? It is difficult to attempt an ID without seeing the instrument. So do please send something to my website which will take bigger uploads. geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: Selmer Grenadilla Student Oboe, local music store, student oboe
local music store, student oboe, student models: Dear Lynette If I were you I would buy an oboe that has the full range if you need it to last for another four years. There are advantages to having the limited range to bottom B only, one of them is weight for the younger player. Frankly I would seek...

Oboe: serial number and age, marigaux, dear julia
marigaux, dear julia, bell ring: Dear Julia Your Marigaux was made in 1999. A sure sign of the model type is the number. Your serial number signifies a model 901 as also does the bell ring. The other oboes - the 2000 series and the M2 - have different number schemes. The 2000...

Oboe: Slurring tripple octave F arpeggio, octave key, mr bridge
octave key, mr bridge, reed: Dear Bryan Are you using the third octave key for the top F? That is if you have one. That key makes life easier from top E upwards in my experience. What sort of oboe are you using? Is the first finger left hand plate completely down as you slide onto...

Oboe: 19th Century Oboe?, french designs, oboe player
french designs, oboe player, composite image: Dear Dennis I am sorry that I am late in replying. There have been some nasty viral infections in the UK this last few months and I picked one up. Horrible it was too! Interesting oboe though. THanks you for the pictures. Are there any markings at all...

Oboe: Boosey & Hawke Oboe, war requiem, mr bridge
war requiem, mr bridge, winchester cathedral: Dear Sarah I wonder which of the Sarahs you are!! Anyway thanks for getting in touch after quite a time. I was in the area two weeks ago. I played in Winchester Cathedral in the War Requiem and also visited a rather good South Indian buffet lunch restaurant...

Oboe: Buying a bundy oboe, selmer models, oboe
selmer models, oboe, bundy: Hi Caitlin Best of luck with your wish to play the oboe. Well done you! The Bundy is a perfectly good oboe for your task. They are made by Selmer in the USA and are similar to other Selmer models intended for intermediate use. The range is a slightly...

Oboe: Intermediate oboe player, sound investment, happy holiday
Oboe: Intermediate oboe player, sound investment, happy holiday, speedy recovery

Oboe: First time teaching!, hot cross buns, tone holes
hot cross buns, tone holes, norovirus: Dear Hannah I am so sorry to have been so long in replying to you but both my wife and I have had the norovirus which has left us feeling less than half dead over Christmas and New Year time. So real sorry about that. Not a good experience I m afraid. ...

Oboe: Intermediate oboe player, professional oboe, oboe player
professional oboe, oboe player, dear esther: Dear Esther I am sorry to have been a long tie in getting back to you. I have had a nasty virus that has been doing the rounds. Awful!!! I can see you have a dilemma over this oboe matter. What actually matters most in the end of the day is your relationship...

Oboe: Linton Oboe, lintons, ebay
lintons, ebay, silly idea: Dear Deena Your oboe looks in good nick and I m sure will sell. Try a local school see if they are interested. It is a model intended for students to use. There is no bottom B flat although it has both C#/D and C/D trills. Probably from the early 1970s....

Oboe: oboe issue, professional oboist, annapolis md
professional oboist, annapolis md, unfortunate time: Dear Robin You have had an unfortunate time with this oboe. I confess I no little about them except that I believe they originate in China and are pretty good for the money. My advice about the return is this. Don t do it yet. If the teacher is a professional...

Oboe: Oboe troubles, mouth cavity, air stream
mouth cavity, air stream, embouchure: Dear Dan I am sorry that I have been late in replying i have had a virus illness - UGH!! Horrible. A lot in the UK at the moment. The note G is often a little tricky to get. Let us assume that the oboe is really air tight and that it is something else....

Oboe: Reed, oboe playing, irregular teeth, reed oboe, thick lips
reed oboe, thick lips, facial muscles: Dear Billy If you can roll your lips under your teeth and don t have problems with soreness on the insides you should be fine. The problem lies when the lips are quite short and rolling is a big stretch. If you tire easily though there may be a problem and...

Oboe: Travelling with oboe, new york winter, brand new hope
new york winter, brand new hope, airplane travel: Dear Dyan I have never had a problem with reeds cracking under mysterious circumstances! Plenty of occasions when the cracking has been deliberate - by ME!! But having said that if you want to be really nerdy with reeds invest in a humidified reed case...

Oboe: Cabart Special, musical notation symbols, reading info
musical notation symbols, reading info, dear linda: Dear Linda Forgive me for being a little later than I would have wished in answering your query. I have been snowed under - literally! - with work. Before I make a judgement could you please send me a few pictures of your Cabart please. Send them to...

Oboe: Cracked oboe Reed, clarinet player, oboe sound
clarinet player, oboe sound, dead in the water: Dear Clara I am sorry to have taken a while to get back to you. Just to answer that if your reed has a crack in it...... That s it folks! Dead in the water!! You ll have to get a couple more reeds to get you going. They are much - reeds that is...

Oboe: Cracked Oboe Reed, fellow band members, clarinet player
fellow band members, clarinet player, hazy memory: Hi, Clara. Welcome to the oboe world. When I first started playing in high school (I won t tell you how long ago that was but I will say that it s quickly becoming a hazy memory) one of my fellow band members - a trumpet player - said that I sound like I...

Oboe: Can you help me ID this oboe?, baroque oboes, fleur de lis
baroque oboes, fleur de lis, mr bridge: Dear Graham This oboe looks very much like it is made of plastic! I wonder if a couple close up photos are possible. If you can, please send them to : advertising@bdrs.org.uk I would love a closer look. I am not a great expert on the baroque oboes....

Oboe: linton obeo, close ups, intermediate model
close ups, intermediate model, wooden model: Dear Nelson There is not a great deal of information about with regard to the Linton oboes. They were made in the USA by Jack Linton between 1925 and about 1954 in Elkhart IN. He made oboes and bassoons. There were also Linton Paris oboes which were...

Oboe: Martin Freres Oboe, instrument maker, second world war
instrument maker, second world war, clarinets: Hi Felipe There is some confusion about the Martin Freres brand. They actually specialised in clarinets and flutes so I wonder if the oboe was actually made by them! The ceased trading in 1927 and became Martel Freres they flourished in PAris until the...

Oboe: michel gouger, howarth of london, mr bridge
howarth of london, mr bridge, rigoutat: Dear Gustavo If you send me an email address I will send you the PDF from Michel (In German) and the translation that I had made. It is useful to have the German PDF with the picture to look at as you go through the instructions. They are not very comprehensive...

Oboe: Oboe ID, oboes, buffets
oboes, buffets, serial number: Dear Kaye I would love to see more photos if that is possible please. If you let me see the back of the joints in close up as well as the front of the instrument. Please send them to geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com which will take the up loads without...

Oboe: Oboe Questions, mr bridge, oboe teacher
mr bridge, oboe teacher, tone qualities: Dear Hannah I recently played in a solo competition with a head cold. What happened was that by the middle of the piece, my throat became dry and pressure built up in my head. It became harder to breathe, my reed was drying up, and some notes just wouldn...

Oboe: oboe reed shapes, oboe reed, mr bridge
oboe reed, mr bridge, throat region: Dear Colin I shall be keeping an eye out for your renewed membership! I am temporarily the Membership Secretary for my sins as well as Treasurer and Advertising!! But living as I do in Scotland is a big plus. Thanks for your kind encouragement. ...

Oboe: Choice of oboe wood and mechanism, cocobola wood, semi automatics
cocobola wood, semi automatics, violet wood: Dear Rose Marie The Bulgheroni instruments have a very strong reputation and you would find a great oboe among their range. I would steer clear of the full automatic system as this adds weight as well as sometimes problems with adjustment. Also there...

Oboe: Noblet Oboes, plastic resin, decent shape
plastic resin, decent shape, dear linda: Dear Linda The Noblet oboe is pretty decent student instrument and if it is in good condition then it would be worth spending not too much on restoring. Putting into playing order and regulating might be a fair ask of a repairer. These oboes were made...

Oboe: Oboe, oboe reed, grit paper
oboe reed, grit paper, internal volume: Dear Bozidar Question 1 You need to bind on firmly without allowing the blades to slip as you do so. Sometimes it helps to tun the reed over as you bind to put pressure on the other side which is what happens when you do this. This helps to equalise...

Oboe: Oboe questions, fizzy drinks, paris conservatoire
fizzy drinks, paris conservatoire, soft pencil: Dear Bozidar Good to hear from you. Q1 The only advice I can offer you is to drink a little still water before you go on the platform. That s what I do usually especially when it is hot. Some people don t drink coffee or fizzy drinks as this dries out...

Oboe: Oboe Valuation, buffet crampon, student oboe
buffet crampon, student oboe, octaves: Dear Amber Thank you for the photograph without which I couldn t help! Your oboe appears to be Buffet 4121 Student Oboe. Simple octaves down to bottom B flat. It has an RRP of £1769 but most dealers sell for less than this at about £1200 - £1300 inc...

Oboe: Purchasing and Oboe/Types, loree oboe, octave keys
loree oboe, octave keys, octave key: Dear Joseph The Loree naming is actually quite simple. The +3 just means with the third octave key. There are some models not often asked for that only have two octave keys and some players don t like the third octave key. The standard models nowadays...

Oboe: reed for rigoutat, rigoutat, fan shape
rigoutat, fan shape, staples: Dear William Sorry I m a little later than ideally I would have answered your question. I have used a variety of tips for the Evolution but now have ended up using a Rigoutat -2 and my favourite staples - Rigoutat gold plated!! I also have had success...

Oboe: Rigoutat -2 Shape, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, proselytise: Dear Sian If you bought that shape in 1984 I reckon this will be a RDG shape. I think that was about all they did in the early eighties. The Rigoutat shape has the name Rigoutat and -2 stamped on it and incidentally they were not available - as far as I...

Oboe: Staples (tubes) and pitch, oboe reed, glotin
oboe reed, glotin, narrow tube: Dear James What a thorny question! I have experimented quite a lot too! The problem is always related to the taper also of the cane shape. In principle I have found that all things being equal and using the same shape that the staple taper has different...

Oboe: Buffet bells and octave inserts, octave vent, different bells
octave vent, different bells, buffet oboes: Dear Howard The only solution is to contact the factory. Have you tried zouaouia.belabed@buffetcrampon.fr or perhaps better than this, cherif.touati@buffetcrampon.fr who is more in touch with the design team of the oboes. Try emailing again....

Oboe: Buffet oboe, professional models, shan
professional models, shan, serial number: Dear Shan I am afraid I am not going to be a lot of help with this age related question. The Buffet serial number lists are only of their professional models which is very annoying! However if you can send me a photo or two to my email at geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: Cabart Oboe, another one., thanks for your patience, oboes
thanks for your patience, oboes, three pieces: Dear Ian I am sorry that I am going to be a pain! Could you send me two or three sharp pictures of your oboe with some closer shots please. The one on this page is the wrong way round it seems. It is flipped I think. I can see that it is a full system...

Oboe: Howarth Staples, howarth oboes, mike britten
howarth oboes, mike britten, staples: Dear Liz I am afraid that I have not ever used Howarth s staples so I really can t tell you anything about them. Sorry I ve had to fail you there. If you ring Emma Gourlay the shop manager or Mike Britten at Howarth s and tell them I sent you, they will...

Oboe: Lintone oboe, student oboe, nathaneal
student oboe, nathaneal, ww2: Dear Nathaneal I wonder how old your Linton oboe is. There are some wooden ones around from pre WW2 which are a decent student oboe and there are some plastic ones which are not quite so good. Send me a picture or two to : advertising@bdrs.org.uk and...

Oboe: Mirafone oboe, mid sixties, kreul
mid sixties, kreul, good shape: Dear Sandra First of all those numbers. Are you sure that the numbers are different because with wear the eight could (just) appear to be a three and the zero a nine. Just a thought as it is unusual for numbering to vary. Is there a number on the bell other...

Oboe: New oboe- Loree or Marigaux?, oboe studies, sound differences
oboe studies, sound differences, patricola: Dear Dylan I am sorry not to have answered you sooner I have been snowed under with work. Anyway here goes! Both the oboes you mention as being interested in are excellent. I have had experience of the M2 which I reviewed along with the other Marigaux...

Oboe: oboe, case condition, small music
case condition, small music, good shape: Dear Michelle I am really sorry that I been so long in replying but I have been away over the week end. Your Linton oboe is probably not worth a great deal as you realise but I think that if you could sell it for about the same amount to perhaps a local...

Oboe: about oboe for beginner student, trouble trouble trouble, veritable minefield
trouble trouble trouble, veritable minefield, reed maker: Moses The main differences in the materials are these. The oboe is less likely to crack if made in plastic, the Blackwood ones project well into a large hall and the softer woods such as Kingwood or Cocobola wood or Rosewood, produce a softer sound...

Oboe: Reed Making Books, bassoon reed, bassoon player
bassoon reed, bassoon player, double reed: Dear Lucian There are a number of books on reed making but the best solution I think is to buy a DVD by Linda Walsh from Australia which is really excellent. This is found online or at some Double Reed Specialist stores. It is called Oboe Reed Making ...

Oboe: Retirement from oboe playing, leon goossens, amateur orchestras
leon goossens, amateur orchestras, rehearsal orchestra: Dear Roger I am sorry I have been away from my desk for a while so a bit late in replying to you. I enjoyed reading your history and tales of your meetings with Lee Goossens. He was a fantastic man and I am at the moment re reading thebiographical book...

Oboe: Rieger Oboe Profiler Sharpening Blade, rio de janeiro brazil, fairfield road
rio de janeiro brazil, fairfield road, small wheels: Dear Jorge The brass mouse you need holds the blade in a firm and accurate position for sharpening on a fine stone. It has small wheels on the base to allow it to run smoothly on the stone. Please send me an email address and I will send you some pictures....

Oboe: About the staples and canes!, marigaux, rigoutat
marigaux, rigoutat, staples: Dear Joosung I am sorry that I don t know what sort of shape and cane Lajos uses on his Marigaux 901. The most favoured combination with a Marigaux 901 oboe which is used by many players of this oboe is the -2 Rigoutat shape and probably Rigotti cane...

Oboe: How to try out and buy oboes from afar, bucking bronco, rigoutat
bucking bronco, rigoutat, blessing in disguise: Dear andrea Two dealers in the UK who might help are T W Howarth and Crowthers of Canterbury. You could certainly buy out right from several dealers but on approval might be trickier as you have obviously flagged up by your question! If it is a Loree...

Oboe: Improved Fingerings on Oboe, mr bridge, tone hole
mr bridge, tone hole, key tone: Dear Joung This is a most interesting question but I m afraid that I will have to take a rain check on it. You have done so much work getting it together. I am just about to leave for a break including concerts but I will be back next Monday. I will deal...

Oboe: information, son leonard, kohlert
son leonard, kohlert, wind instrument: Dear Wolf The company Kohlert is a very old family of wind instrument makers in Graslitz. They started in Saxony as far back as 1595 and all the makers in the area of Graslitz are descended from Leonard Collert I whose son Leonard Collert II moved there...

Oboe: marigaux, week from monday, thanks for your patience
week from monday, thanks for your patience, holiday dates: Dear Patrick Would you mind sending this question to me next week as I am off for some days. I didn t get me holiday dates in soon enough. A couple of pictures would be great to have a look too. Send them - next week from Monday - to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: oboe repair and rough value estimate, buffet crampon, local pawn shop
buffet crampon, local pawn shop, mr bridge: Dear Tena Your oboe does look interesting. It is looking in good shape too. An oboe with semi automatic octaves made in 1889 is quite unusual I think but there were many improvements made by the company after they bought Buffet Crampon in 1885. They existed...

Oboe: Playing oboe AGAIN, local music store, sherlock holmes
local music store, sherlock holmes, lower register: Hi, Grandma Wendy. Long tones, long tones. First piece of advice for getting yourself back in shape. There might be a lot of causes for the squeaking especially in the low notes. Certainly that your embouchure is not up to par could be a reason. The reed...

Oboe: Right hand injury, muscle and joint pain, hands and fingers
muscle and joint pain, hands and fingers, hand rest: Abby So sorry that you have had a wait for your answer. I understand your problem as I have a pupil who has had a struggle with hand position and pain and the same sort of symptoms that you describe. These are very unpleasant and I feel for you. I think...

Oboe: Topper oboe, boosey and hawkes, clarinets
boosey and hawkes, clarinets, topper: Hi John I am sorry that this make is unknown to me. I think that it will be a stencil instrument probably made by Malerne in France in the 1930s, who did a lot of that sort of thing. There are Topper clarinets about but nobody seems to have any knowledge...

Oboe: Buffet crampon oboe, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, buffet crampon: Dear Jonathan I would be enormously helpful if you could send me some photographs. Send them to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com I do hope this is possible for you. The Prestini Buffet might have a thumb plate to operate the upper joint B flat and...

Oboe: Oboe knowledge, oboe reed, yale press
oboe reed, yale press, superb advice: Bozidar At last here I am. Sorry that you had to wait. In outline the following books are worth having for their usefulness. Martin Shurings Book - Oboe Art and Method published by OUP it has lots of superb advice in it. The result of many years...

Oboe: Oboe mechanism, decent music, very important part
decent music, very important part, oboes: Bozidar, no, do not put the oil directly into the holes. The purpose of the bore oil is to channel the moisture through the instrument and help prevent it from getting into the pads. It won t do any good using the oil in the holes themselves. I don t think...

Oboe: Oboe upgrade recommendation, .
. : Dear Gillian Nothing should get in the way of your daughter s development as an oboe player. If weight is an issue then the Rigoutat is indeed a lighter option the some of the makes such as Marigaux, Buffet and Loree Royal. I have a Rigoutat Evolution...

Oboe: I take a rigoutat oboe, rigoutat, internet kind
rigoutat, internet kind, juan pedro: Dear Juan I would really love to see a picture of this oboe. Is that possible? The word REWALD doesn t seem to mean very much but could I see it? Close ups of this word would be useful to see! Please send pictures to geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: A Robert Paris Oboe, keywork, leather side
keywork, leather side, cosmetic condition: Dear Mary Ann Thank you for all the photographs. Very useful to see. The oboe looks in good shape and cared for. That s great. I copy you a response from an earlier question about the Robert oboe I answered on AllExperts. You may have seen it already....

Oboe: Tube Cane, tube cane, kege
tube cane, kege, rigotti: Dear Sian Cane is hugely wasteful I m afraid I would reckon that you will throw away quite a lot. If you buy 250gms you might expect to get about 60 sticks depending on the length. Again depending on tube length you could get up to four pieces to...

Oboe: V Kholert clarinet serial numbers, peter eaton clarinets, dear brian
peter eaton clarinets, dear brian, smale: Dear Brian As you will be aware I am an oboe specialist rather than a clarinet guy. Someone you might like to contact and tell him I sent you, is Norman Smale in the UK. He holds a list of serial numbers for clarinets by various makers and may be...

Oboe: Oboe equipment, leipzig
Oboe: Oboe equipment, leipzig

Oboe: Guasti oboe - CODEX, saratoga springs ny, double reed
saratoga springs ny, double reed, forrests: Pierre, First, I would think that most parts are fairly standard among oboes. If not, a good woodwind specialist should be able to fashion replacement parts. I m not sure where you are located. In the US, I would contact either Charles Music (www.charlesmusic.com)...

Oboe: Howarth s2 cor anglais, cor anglais, best of both worlds
cor anglais, best of both worlds, howarth: Dear Joseph Please send me an email and I can tell you of an open hole S3 Howarth cor anglais for sale right now. You could have a thumb plate added and get the best of both worlds. I don t want to go public with the details. Email me on: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: mid B flat sounds like airy A, water bubbles, finger plate
water bubbles, finger plate, little pad: Dear Andrea OK. It sounds like one of the other linkages is holding something open. Check that there is a little play in the linkages between the top and bottom joints when the oboe is assembled. There should be. They can easily get bent and a mere touch...

Oboe: Oboe equipment, oboe reed, marigaux
oboe reed, marigaux, shaping machines: Dear Bozidar I hope you are well and I am pleased to see that you are still as enthusiastic about the oboe! 1. Yes you really do need to process your own cane unless you have found a good source of gouged cane. If you have then you won t waste so much...

Oboe: old linton oboe, uscg band, mr bridge
uscg band, mr bridge, student oboe: Dear Barrett I have not a very comprehensive knowledge of the Linton oboes apart from saying that I believe that the wooden ZRL model made in the USA is very good and a full system. The VP model is a student type and the ZR a pro model or so I gather form...

Oboe: Old Oboes, leon goossens, promenade concerts
leon goossens, promenade concerts, boosey and hawkes: Hi Benjamin I have nothing against the brass department, some of my best buddies are brass players! Exciting to inherit old instruments isn t it? The LaFleur I ll dispense with quickly. They were made by Orsi or Santoni in Italy for Boosey and Hawkes...

Oboe: would like to sell my Bundy student oboe, shape thanks, hi amy
shape thanks, hi amy, good shape: Hi Amy The Bundy oboes are a good student model, although a little old but will still find a buyer for about $500 - $550. If its in really good shape it may fetch $600 but I think that would be about the maximum you could realistically expect. A...

Oboe: V. Kohlerts oboe, kohlert, allexperts
kohlert, allexperts, czecho: Dear Thomas I would love to see pictures of this oboe. Is that possible? If so please send them to : geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com This server will take a bigger upload than AllExperts. If this isn t possible let me know and I will do my best...

Oboe: Value/Sale of Oboe., dear pete, kohlert
dear pete, kohlert, serial number: Dear Pete Sorry to be a little late in replying. Could you send me a couple of picture please. Send them to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com Much depends on the model and sight of it will help me there. The serial number doesn t help any at all....

Oboe: F# fingering third octaves sometimes bends the note to F, harmonic tones, sherlock holmes
harmonic tones, sherlock holmes, breath support: Hi, Rikk. Hope you ve been enjoying the Olympics. I can imagine with all those people in London as well as increased security it might affect life there a bit. I sometimes think that oboe playing should be included as an Olympic sport. I have to admit that...

Oboe: Marigaux 901, taking the plunge, octave key
taking the plunge, octave key, professional instrument: Dear Les I will certainly have a look at the oboe for you. I have just come back from holiday so am getting to grips with all my mail. I have to come into Dundee so could perhaps come to you. Are you free during the day though, as my evenings are a bit...

Oboe: Marigaux, marigaux oboe, dear peter
marigaux oboe, dear peter, photos: Dear Peter I wonder if you can send some photos - back and front and bell - of this old Marigaux to me. If so send them to : geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com My website will accept more pictures than the AllExperts site. Once I have seen it I...

Oboe: Used Value of 2011 Selmer Oboe 1492b, selmer, oboe
selmer, oboe: Dear Chris I think that you should get about $600 - $650 for this if it plays nicely and looks good cosmetically. To get the best price, make sure that it plays well down to the bottom B flat without problems, the key work is polished up and that the...

Oboe: value of my old Rigoutat oboe, loree oboe, rigoutat
loree oboe, rigoutat, lively sound: Dear Kat Those older Classic Rigoutats are great. I think the value as you say does depend on the playing condition but a ball park figure might be, in the USA, from $3750 - $4250. If it had been recently overhauled, cosmetically good (and its case)...

Oboe: age of oboe, dear john, serial number
dear john, serial number: Dear John Can you send me a few pictures of your oboe please. If you can send them to my web address at: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com This site takes more MBs of data than the AE site. The serial number lists are few and far between and a quick...

Oboe: Airy sounds from high A, B, Bb and C, octave key, stability issue
octave key, stability issue, hundreths: James Thanks for the picture of your reed. Nicely made to if i may say so!!! I would try scraping the very sides back from about 3 millimetres to the back of the scrape. The sides there look to have rails albeit not very thick. So try thinning the...

Oboe: buffet crampon oboe, dear elaine, peter davies
dear elaine, peter davies, website address: Dear Elaine I will be only too pleased to help but I would need to have a look at the instrument. Could you send some photos of it to my website address which is: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com I ll take it from there. If not I suggest that...

Oboe: Finding Model Number From Bundy Oboe Serial Number, instrument suppliers, boosey
instrument suppliers, boosey, bundy: Lee The Bundy was made by Selmer in the USA. Your oboe looks to be what is known simply as Bundy Student oboe. It goes down to bottom B only and not to B flat and has limited trill keys. A good basic model. It was very popular in schools in the...

Oboe: Hörtnagl Shaper, michel 7, rigoutat
michel 7, rigoutat, staples: Dear Jerome I have a list of comparisons which I have tried attach to this answer. This has come from the web site of Oboe Shop in Germany. It will not format accurately on this page so I haven t sent it. It gives an ascending order of wideness(!). Very...

Oboe: Hard to attack on low C, low B and low Bb on oboe, mid line, little windows
mid line, little windows, time james: James Low notes can sometimes be a problem with a new oboe. When it is played in the adjustment corks compress a little and the oboe can go slightly out of adjustment. Check in particular that the fork F vent is well closed when you finger low D. This is...

Oboe: Michael Profiler, great reed, many moons
great reed, many moons, lengthy absence: Dear Matthew I am afraid that I know only of the standard Schellenberger profile which I have on my newer machine. It would be great if you could find a German speaker to speak to Nico on your behalf. I had a profile made by Kunibert many moons ago...

Oboe: Old Rigoutat oboe, rigoutat, tenon joints
rigoutat, tenon joints, silver keys: Dear Henry You have been to the right source for information. Philippe Rigoutat is usually able to help. It s very odd that he couldn t find a record of the number and date associated with that number. The oboe would most probably have been made by Charles...

Oboe: Reed doesn't crow a C, dear james, embouchure
dear james, embouchure, c natural: Dear James The insistance on a top C crow is a bit confusing. Long scraped reeds are often tested this way. I wouldn t worry too mush about the C being spot on. If the crow is very flat and won t go up to C then discard it. It should ideally be able to...

Oboe: selmer mod.121 Obeo, selmer, numbering system
selmer, numbering system, hunch: Dear David The Selmer serial numbering system is not much help I m afraid. They seem to have gone AWOL nowadays. I reckon that the 121 started in about 1970 so yours could be no more than 40 years old! That we can deduce at least. Is there a prefix S...

Oboe: Linton Oboe, student instruments, hole model
student instruments, hole model, composite model: Dear Barbara Linton oboes are pretty good student instruments and if yours is in good condition then it might fetch from probably about £400 to £450 at best. I presume that it is a covered hole model. These were mostly made in Elkhart Indiana by Selmer...

Oboe: Moving on...., steve forbes, marigaux
steve forbes, marigaux, dear paul: Paul Yes I know Alaster quite well. He worked on one of my oboes last summer and did a great job. He also has oboes for sale sometimes. As you write of Dorset I assumed that you were living there. I presume that your daughter is perhaps at school there....

Oboe: oboe, accurate estimate, reproduction
accurate estimate, reproduction: Rowena, I don t do oboe vintage or value. If you haven t already, I would suggest you send this question to Geoffrey; he s much more knowledgeable than I about matters of vintage and value. I will say that this looks like an antique oboe to me, but could...

Oboe: oboe, double reed instrument, best wishes
double reed instrument, best wishes, sorts: Dear Rowena It is an oboe of sorts ! It is conical and appears to have a double reed in the top. It might be in three parts which then is a true oboe - by definition. A top joint a bottom joint and a bell. Certainly the bell is very flared. It is...

Oboe: Oboe, selmer, serial number
selmer, serial number, pam: Dear Pam Before I can tell you anything about your oboe I need to see it please. There are so many models and the serial number tells me nothing! Could you send me some pictures to my website email address which is geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: Oboe - should i keep or sell it?, woodwind instruments, dear emma
woodwind instruments, dear emma, decent condition: Dear emma The Evette branded oboes are a student line made later in the 1960s taking on the name from the Buffet and Schaeffer brand. There were various makers in France and Germany. Very confusing!! Could you let me see a few pictures of the instrument...

Oboe: Oboe playing and headaches, tension headache, free reeds
tension headache, free reeds, worrying thing: Dear Lisa What a worrying thing to happen. It is unusual to get headaches as you play or afterwards even, but thinking through things you might suspect that blowing the oboe has to be a contributory factor because the pressure is quite high. Incidentally...

Oboe: oboe reeds, eeds, digestive process
eeds, digestive process, intonation: Ashley, I m not sure what you mean when you state that you file the back of your reeds. Please elaborate. In terms of intonation, are all notes in all registers either sharp or flat or is it a problem within a specific register? Tell me about your oboe:...

Oboe: Selmer oboe serial number, selmer serial numbers, boosey and hawkes
selmer serial numbers, boosey and hawkes, mr bridge: Dera Joel This sounds to me like an oboe made for Boosey and Hawkes by Selmer in the fifties or sixties. They were a common enough oboe sold to schools in the UK. Could you send me a couple of photos please and let me have a look? Send them to:...

Oboe: Third Octave, octave key, finger plate
octave key, finger plate, marigaux: James What a comprehensive list of fingerings for me to look at!! Well done you. A couple of things to check. You say you have the E plate well screwed down - make sure that it is not over done as then the fork F vent will stay open and things get tough...

Oboe: Third Octave notes, good posture, octave key
good posture, octave key, maladjustment: James, take a look at this doc. www.oboecentral.com.au/page15.php. It s a simple chart that shows which staples work best with which instruments. I have bought my cane from several suppliers including Charles, Forrests; I ve even tried some on Ebay. In...

Oboe: Tuning of beginner's oboe, concert pitch, beginner children
concert pitch, beginner children, jim dear: Dear Jim Is your daughter s teacher an oboist or a general wind player/teacher? I would be very surprised if an oboist teacher would let the pitch be very low after 6 months. It is true that beginners can play rather flat until their embouchure (lips)...

Oboe: Tying on, good vibration, thread tension
good vibration, thread tension, glotin: Dear Matt I am sorry you have had to wait a little for my reply. Hard reeds are often caused by the quality of the cane itself. Which cane are you using? The thread tightness is usually best kept to very firm and twangy both the anchored end and the...

Oboe: 5th grader w/ oboe
Dana The difficulty your daughter is having maintaining a sound could be either the oboe is not air tight and covering properly or the reeds are not vibrating easily enough for her. The oboe if it is in good shape should perfect for her unless her hands...

Oboe: Buffet Oboe
Dear Wayne It is hard to identify your Buffet oboe from the serial number. With a number in the 20,000s it doesn t seem to be a professional model so the Buffet website will not be a help. Please send me picture if you can to my website email : geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: buffet oboe, which staple
Dear Marton The bore of the two Buffets Greenline and grenadilla are almost identical I assume. I would try a bigger staple such as Chiarugi No 5 which is copy of the Glotin but well made. Alternatively my best staple for the Greenline I use is the Rigoutat...

Oboe: Cabart Oboe
Dear Ann This bell does look VERY old. Is it possible for you to send me a couple more pictures? If so send them to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com I will have a better idea of its age if I see the whole instrument in some detail. The serial...

Oboe: Decent Plastic or Resin Oboe
Meg, since you are in Canada, it would be prudent for many situations to have a plastic/resin instrument. I can reply in further if you would send me more details about the age and level of playing of the oboist. What brand of oboe do you currently have for...

Oboe: Left F key
Hi, Linda. I m not personally familiar with the Yamaha 241 oboe. I did some research and it appears that it does not have the side F key. I agree with your daughter s oboe teacher that this is enough reason to reject the instrument. Looking at images and...

Oboe: Oboe questions
Dear Mark I am sorry that I have been unable to answer your question until today. I have a scan of dimensions which I will sent to you. It is probably best if you send me an email to which I can attach the picture. Send your email address to me at ...

Oboe: Question about an a. Robert oboe with image
Dear Jaime This oboe looks in beautiful condition. Yes it is a full professional model despite not having the third octave key. Many Loree oboes of the period didn t have a third octave key. It does have the split D plate so you can trill an E /D sharp...

Oboe: Luca Vignali
Dear Richard I am very sorry that I don t know of Luca s reed style at all. I am ashamed to say this. He is a very good player indeed and does make a lovely sound. I think he plays on a Bulgheroni but I m not absolutely sure of this. I will ask one of my...

Oboe: Model and value of a Marigaux Oboe
Thank you for your question. The oboe is a Marigaux Strasser model 800 manufactured in 1985. If you are in the US market, because there is no left hand F key, the estimated value is effected; and the oboe is probably worth under $2,000.00. If the oboe remains...

Oboe: Reed
Billy Not so quick this time. Sorry! I would order the 10-10.5 from K Ge if you are scraping more French than German particularly. You do still need to keep the thickest bit down the middle to preserve the structure of the reed. Even use a wire to support...

Oboe: Reed
Dear Billy Happy New Year to you from Europe. Sorry I am bit late. Forgive me... The top A flatness is a problem sometimes. Are you sure that the bottom A is not a shade flat as well? Often they are. The second octave hole is sometimes a little small...

Oboe: Replacement value, howarth of london, value question
howarth of london, value question, london website: Dear Drysdale New Rigoutat oboes are easily acquired in the UK. The new price including case is £5995 or £6295 with a thumb plate added. This price is for all the models they normally sell here, Classic, Evolution, Symphony and Expression. The only...

Oboe: English horn reed dimensions, oboe reed, cor anglais
oboe reed, cor anglais, parallel sides: Dear Markus Your oboe set up looks great. I guess you playing a Marigaux? Sorry if I m wrong! I don t think I can really help here because I have NEVER succeeded in making a good cor reed. I hardly play the cor as oboe is mainly what I am asked to...

Oboe: old vs. new oboe, english horns, english horn
Oboe: old vs. new oboe, english horns, english horn, oboes

Oboe: what model is my Oboe?, henri selmer, octave keys
henri selmer, octave keys, quite some time: Dear Gehan Selmer oboes are hard to ID as they made a lot of models. As far I can tell yours is a French made Henri Selmer oboe, made out of grenadilla wood. It is not an American Selmer instrument which is good perhaps! It is very close to being a...

Oboe: My Oboe, peekskill new york, musician friend
peekskill new york, musician friend, laubin: Dear Kelly We don t see these instruments in the UK. They are made for A Laubin in France as a second tier oboe. I think if you contact them direct they will advise you as to how to sell it. They do deal with used oboes especially of their own brands....

Oboe: old vs. new oboe, nora post, peter hurd
nora post, peter hurd, mr bridge: Dera Kate The Jury is out still over how often to buy a new oboe. In the US it seems to be the practise to change quite often. Here in the UK not so much. There is always the grass is greener syndrome that affects everybody from time to time! I myself have...

Oboe: Reed staples 101, types of shape, narrow shape
types of shape, narrow shape, flat c: Dear Adi Sorry to be a bit late with my reply If you can send me an email address I will send you some tables of staple and shape dimensions which might help you through the mire! If you had one of your old teacher s narrower shapes you could perhaps...

Oboe: Cabart Oboes, double reed society, british double reed society
double reed society, british double reed society, intermediate route: Dear Alex The Cabart is a very good oboe. It is made by Loree as their intermediate oboe. It lacks a few trills and what not but is still very good and would take you a long way even to College and beyond if that s what you do in the future. A pupil of mine...

Oboe: Conservatoire fingering: Stuffy B-flat, flow resistance, tone hole
flow resistance, tone hole, oboists: Dear Gareth It is quite normal for the conservatoire B flat to be less vibrant than the thumb plate fingering. It usually matches well with the Thumb plate fingering of the C natural - the conservatoire fingering often being rather bright for the C. ...

Oboe: found oboe, selmer paris, bells and whistles
selmer paris, bells and whistles, intermediate model: Dear Nicole I have had a look at the pictures you sent and I am pretty sure that your oboe is a Selmer 122f model. This is Selmer USA not Selmer Paris by the way. It is sold as an intermediate model as it doesn t have all the bells and whistles for a...

Oboe: Intonation on top line F (standard fingering!), technical passages, white knuckles
technical passages, white knuckles, tone holes: Dear Jennifer Wobbly Fs are a common failing of some oboes. The problem is caused by tone holes for E and F being very close together. A well designed oboe minimises this potential failing. Stiffer reeds will help enormously as will a relaxed embouchure....

Oboe: Oboe, cabart oboe, oboe
cabart oboe, oboe: Hi Janet, thank you for your email. The Cabart oboe you have was made prior to 1974 when the deGourdon (Loree) Company purchased the Cabart brand. The pre Loree Cabart oboes are not widely used today; and I suspect that the investment of an overhaul will cost...

Oboe: Oboe Identification, impact plastic, selmer
impact plastic, selmer, plastic material: Dear Phil From the pictures I would say that your Selmer is definitely a model 1492B. It goes down to bottom B and not B flat, and has semi automatic octaves and is made from a high impact plastic material. The new price is about $2000 or just over byut...

Oboe: Oboe Style and Value, riec, gut reaction
riec, gut reaction, selmer: Dear John My gut reaction is trade it in for a newer design intermediate oboe such as a Howarth S45 or a Rigoutat RIEC or even a Howarth S20 Cabart74 made by Loree. Unfortunately older oboes don t hold value well and there is little thing about the...

Oboe: Oboe value, marigaux oboe, dollar value
marigaux oboe, dollar value, serial number: Dear William What an interesting instrument you have there. I would like to send pictures to the Marigaux Company to friends of mine there who might be interested in seeing this instrument. If you can do this please send them to : geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com...

Oboe: Oboe Value, band orchestra, model number
band orchestra, model number, stab: Dear Carol Please let me have a couple of photos of the oboe if you can. Send them to: geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com I can have a better idea of the model and general look of the instrument if I see it. If that isn t possible I ll have stab at...

Oboe: Reed scrape, consistent problems, jordanov
consistent problems, jordanov, embouchure: Hi Liz I am sorry to have been so long in replying to you. Life is extremely hectic at the moment and the weather isn t helping! Please accept my apologies. Both of your problems suggest to me that you are scraping too much out of the heart of the reed....

Oboe: throat grunting noise, tonsil area, soft palate
tonsil area, soft palate, reed instrument: Dear Gillian yes this is a distressing happening. It is caused by a weak soft palate that has possibly been strained further by blowing too hard. The palate then vibrates causing this noise. Sometimes the tonsil area also starts to vibrate a little as well....

Oboe: Cabart oboe, french model, loree
french model, loree, wes: Dear Wesley The Cabart you have will be the original manufacturer. Check the trade mark it should a flat and a sharp and a natural sign and Cabart a Paris somewhere on the body or bell. It will be French but not the Cabart 74 made by Loree since - 1974!...

Oboe: cor anglais purchase, cor anglais, reliability record
cor anglais, reliability record, historic instruments: Dear Kirsteen I am very sorry that again I have been late in responding to a question. I have been on holiday and didn t put my dates in the AllExperts diary. So sorry. Now this 1910 cor anglais. This may be a lovely instrument but I do fear that an...

Oboe: Oboe problems, vocal chords, vibrato
Oboe: Oboe problems, vocal chords, vibrato, loudspeaker

Oboe: Moennig Oboe, ludwig frank, berlin philharmonic
ludwig frank, berlin philharmonic, tonal spectrum: Thomas The Moennig oboes and in particular the modern ones are very fine instruments indeed. The design is overseen by Ludwig Frank one of Germany s great oboe makers and designers. He has worked extensively recently with Albrecht Mayer of the Berlin Philharmonic...

Oboe: Oboe problems, soft palate, maurice bourgue
soft palate, maurice bourgue, strange noises: Dear Patrick Here I am again too!! 1. Making reeds with a micrometer can be very useful as long as you don t try to make them to a pattern. What is useful is to check you have the same dimensions on each blade but I find using an illuminated plaque...

Oboe: Oboe questions, professional oboist, ramon ortega
professional oboist, ramon ortega, oboe teacher: Dear Patrick Sorry not to have got back to you sooner but I have been on holiday and didn t put my dates in the AllExperts diary! Questions you have- let s see... 1. check your oboe regularly but learn to do it yourself. You will know when it feels...

Oboe: Old Selmer oboe, personal factor, dear paul
personal factor, dear paul, repair person: Dear Paul What you have there is a basic Selmer thumb plate oboe probably of 1960s vintage. It has simple octaves, a C/D trill key on the top joint only, no forked F but it does go down to the bottom B flat. I am not quite sure what extra hole you are thinking...