Oboe/oboe staples


Hello Geoffrey,
I've just been given some old staples with what I would describe as a 'collar' around the tube. I think that on one or two of them, the material is nickel silver rather than brass.
Purely for interest, can you please give me an idea of their age? I certainly don't remember seeing staples quite like these before, and I've been around more than a year or two!
Thank you and best wishes,

Hi Jenny

The staples you have are certainly pretty old. The collar was used to trap the ends of the canes and help stabilize the reed. I wonder if you could send me a picture and I can try and identify them more accurately for you. There were several manufacturers  of staples some making them from formed and braised sheet metal and others deposited by an electrolytes process. It would be great to have a look.
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Are you a member of the Britsih Double Reed Society by any chance? If you are not could you tell me why please. Sorry to proselytize in this way but I am Chairman of the society and wonder why recruitment is becoming more and more difficult. May be we don't offer what oboe players need in this Internet age. But there will be lots of reasons I'm sure.

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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.


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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