Oboe/old vs. new oboe


Marianne wrote at 2013-09-04 14:30:27
Personally I love older oboes and English horns.  I have two horns from the CK series.  My English horn has a sound that I have never heard with another horn and conductors have commented on it.  As I make lousy reeds, it's not the reed.  The older horns are seasoned well in oil.  The newer ones heated instead.  I have seen my colleagues horns crack all over the place-I have seen them buy horn after horn, while I played professionally the same two horns for 33 years.  Evelyn Rothwell's English horn is still being played professionally.  with a fine repairman, the older horns can be tuned and kept in tip top shape.

So go buy a new one and save the great old ones for the rest of us as the supply is limited.  The principal in the BSO also plays B series Lorees. I guess he knows his stuff.  Just my humble opinion...



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Geoffrey Bridge


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.


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