Oboe/P. Gerard, Paris


Birdog wrote at 2010-02-05 11:25:06
Paul Gerard is not a stencil! He was a master craftsman in Paris and made all kinds of instruments from 1899 to 1956. He played an essential role in the standardization of pitch at A440 in the early 30's. I have collected his instruments for years and have an oboe, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet and french horn from his shop. He only made instruments of the finest quality, and they are highly sought after by collectors who know of his tiny shop. Any instrument he made is exceptional!!

Geoffrey Bridge wrote at 2013-09-25 14:12:01
Dear Birdog

See a question - 09/21/2013 15.40 - about a Paul Gerard Flute from enquirer John Leaman. He would like to ask you a question about  this instrument and also if you were interested in adding it to your collection.

This is the only way I know of linking the two of you together as I answered a question in 2010 and you sent a comment about P Gerard of Paris.


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Professional oboist with many years experience. Former pupil of Leon Goossens. Solo artist for Arts Council of Great Britain. Freelance recitalist/broadcasting/orchestras. Former Head of woodwind teaching in Hampshire, England. Questions on repertoire, playing styles, reeds, cane selection and processing.


St Andrews University Royal College of Music, Aberdeen College of Education Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music General Teaching Council certificate Broadcast solo recitals/performed with major symphony orchestras/Music Club recitals/writings on double reed matters

Chairman and Trustee of the British Double Reed Society International Double Reed Society Association Hautbois Francais Orchestral Manager of Southern Pro Musica Orchestra/Aberdeen Sinfonietta

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