Klarinet Archive - Posting 000437.txt from 1998/03
From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: Scientific American Article
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 21:45:58 -0500
At 10:56 AM 3/6/98 -0600, Ed Lacy wrote:
>I have an all-plastic Loree oboe, and it is a great instrument, with
>excellent durability and stability. However, it essentially will not work
>at temperatures lower than about 62 degrees Fahrenheit. It contracts so
>much that the posts are drawn closer together and the rods begin to bind.
>If I have to rehearse on a cold day in a room which is not adequately
>heated, I have to get there early enough to blow air through the
>instrument in order to warm it enough. In long rests under such
>conditions, it is a good idea to put the oboe under one's coat, hold it
>under the arm, etc.
OK. But would a matching wood one do that, too? Also, I played two
different plastic clarinets in marching band in college: a Vito which
ALWAYS bound up at low temperatures, and a Bundy which NEVER did. I don't
know if they were made of DIFFERENT plastics, or whether the Vito was just
built tighter to begin with, or what. That's why I was looking for design
information, although your personal observation is also valuable,
especially in the specification of the exact temperature where it binds up.
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