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 what is this?
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2023-08-30 05:07

I have never seen one like this. Description sounds a bit like it would be a chamber instrument. No, I'm not in the market but my curiosity has been raised, and, um, it's really pretty.

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 Re: what is this?
Author: mschmidt 
Date:   2023-08-30 05:24

Quite a few makers will make oboes in alternative woods, such as "violet wood" or kingwood, cocobolo, rosewood, and other dense tropical woods. Gold-plating of keys is also offered by many manufacturers. I am always a bit skeptical of these instruments, though I probably shouldn't be. But I'm worried that my judgment is being manipulated by the visual when, for a musical instrument, I think it should be focused on the aural. But yes, they can be pretty.


Still an Amateur, but not really middle-aged anymore

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 Re: what is this?
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2023-08-30 23:13

For funzies I play instruments that I'm not good at in the local New Horizons band. Gives me something to do and a different kind of challenge, more of a scramble than a quest for perfection. There is a lady who showed up with a bass clarinet that was the most gorgeous rosewood I've ever seen, and you can bet she doesn't let that out of her sight. Whether she can play it, I don't know, but I like looking at it. It is a much prettier color, more reddish, that my rosewood cor, which is more orangish. Playability being equal, even if the price were different, I'd choose a pretty reddish rosewood over a blackwood, just because.

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 Re: what is this?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2023-08-31 00:46
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My Howarth S5 from 1995 is kingwood/violetwood and is still going strong. It also holds up very well in a large band or orchestral setting.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: what is this?
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2023-08-31 04:53

I'm not in the market because my Rigoutat Expression does everything I need it to, and is the best of the three I have played. However, I can still drool and do. I'd probably try a Laubin oboe at some point if I wanted to try something new, because my Laubin Cor is so amazingly easy to play, if not quite as pretty as that bass clarinet is.

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