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 Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2012-06-15 00:59

I don't know how many people check these doubling boards. I bet more of my friends from the Oboe and Clarinet boards with come in here, but if there are any true doublers here, here it goes. Of course anyone else is welcome to post as well:

I am on the long hard journey of playing virtually every woodwind instrument ever invented (within usable means of course). Basically, this extends from the usual woodwind doubler instruments and then to folk instruments. In general I will leave out most early instruments (that being said, I just picked up recorder), as they don't seem to be prominent in the circle of musicals. Folk instruments however seem to be becoming more present, and I hope this is a way to get a foot in the door in an ever more difficult career field.

So here's a few lists of my progress as of today:

Instruments owned currently:

Burkart Piccolo
Miyazawa Flute
Buffet Clarinet
Loree Oboe
Yamaha Alto Sax
Buckingham Music Bansuri (Key of D, Sa G)
Mollenhauer Grenadilla Soprano Recorder

Other normal instruments I will eventually play:

Alto Flute
Eb Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Soprano Sax
Tenor Sax
English Horn

Other ethnic instruments I have an interest in:

Tin Whistle (I will own one very soon. Michael Burke make)
Pan Flute
Native American Flute
Ocarina
Dizi
Xiao
Pungi

Anyone else doing the same? Comments?

Drew S.
Http://www.youtube.com/user/DrewSorensenMusic

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Merlin_Williams 
Date:   2012-06-15 13:22

Currently own and play:

piccolo
flute
alto flute
Eb clarinet
Bb clarinet
A clarinet
bass clarinet (low C)
EEb contrabass clarinet
sopranino sax
soprano sax
alto sax
C melody sax
tenor sax
bari sax
bass sax
oboe
bassoon
recorders - sopranino down to bass
pennywhistles in F, Eb, D, C, Bb, low D

Don't put all your money into a high end D whistle. In shows you'll need a selection of keys with a consistent tone quality between them. Susato Kildare whistles are the way to go. Great sound, and available in a huge array keys.

Recorders - make sure you learn F fingering instruments as well as C. Soprano gets you tenor, but you'll need to learn alto recorder. Alto is the dominant solo voice in a lot of serious recorder rep. Bass recorder uses the F fingerings, but is played in bass clef, so there's that to tackle as well.

Bass flute - I usually just rent one for recording sessions. That seems to be the only time they get called for.

Jupiter Canada Artist/Clinician
Stratford Shakespeare Festival musician
Woodwind Doubling Channel Creator on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodwindDoubling

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: oboesax 
Date:   2012-06-15 15:07

I don't know that my daughter will be a doubler in the future, as she seems to be headed towards studying orchestral oboe, but she's performed in a dozen musicals and plays/owns the following:

Loree Oboe, plus an intermediate model
Loree English horn
Buffet Bb Clarinet
Bundy Eb clarinet
Yamaha Alto Sax, plus a Bundy
Yanigasawa soprano sax, plus a Hunter
Roberto's Woodwinds Baritone Sax
Fox bassoon

She has access to and can somewhat play my flutes:
Mirumatsu flute
Gemeinhardt piccolo
soprano recorder
Alto recorder
pan flute
various penny whistles

And at school she loves to borrow and play their:
EEb contrabass clarinet
bass clarinet
guitars, cello
trumpets
tenor sax

But for doubling she almost always get called to play the oboe book or part.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2012-06-15 22:11

Thanks Merlin,

I think I might just get the Kildares.

Drew S.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: davyd 
Date:   2012-06-20 18:29

@Drew: No baritone sax or bassoon?

@Merlin: No english horn or contrabassoon?

I'm envious of people who can afford, and play reasonably well, that many different instruments. I can barely handle clarinet, bass clarinet, and the four main saxophones.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2012-06-20 18:44

Davyd,

I have pondered the Bari/Bassoon situation. I will try to arrange a lesson with some professionals in NYC and see if there's a need. If so, I will play them. I love the sound of the bassoon, my favorite instrument. They are quite expensive however, and I'm used to play the Reeds 1 to 3 books in theatre.

I'm finally getting to the point where all the instruments help each other, and don't hurt each other when playing. I probably don't have a traditional clarinet tone, as I play with a looser embouchure than I assume most. I still try to make it as focused and deep as possible. There would be no way to switch to flute or oboe if I had a tight clarinet embouchure.

Drew S.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Merlin_Williams 
Date:   2012-06-20 19:34

I play EH on sessions when called; I'm able to rent.

I can play contra, but it's so damn costly to get one!

Jupiter Canada Artist/Clinician
Stratford Shakespeare Festival musician
Woodwind Doubling Channel Creator on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodwindDoubling

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: concertmaster3 
Date:   2012-06-21 06:00

Piccolo - Yamaha 62
Flute - DiZhao w/Brannen HJ
Baroque Oboe - Moeck
Oboe - Yamaha 841
English horn - Fossati Soliste
Clarinet - Yamaha CSV (A&Bb), Forte C, Freeman Eb, Kessler Low C Bass
Bassoon - Fox IV
Saxes - Yamahas (YAS 61, YTS 52, YSS 61) and Dolnet Bari Sax
Recorders - 2 Sop and 2 Alto (Yamahas and Adlers)
Violin
Viola
Cello

Dizi (D and F)
10 Key Irish Flute

I think that's all that I have...at least so far.

Hoping to get:
Alto and/or Bass Flute
Oboe D'amore
Baroque Flute


(Updated list 5/1/16)

Ron Ford
Woodwind Specialist
Performer/Teacher/Arranger
http://www.RonFordMusic.com

Post Edited (2016-05-02 01:55)

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: dblomd 
Date:   2012-07-23 03:05

Currently Own:
Piano (MY MAJOR!!!)
Some random cheap Clarinet that someone gave me but it works well for the amount of time I don't spend playing it. LOL.
Artley open hole flute
Lesher Oboe
Violin (that I love dearly)
Trombone (which I detest but I'll play it for my college's brass ensemble)
Cello (which is back home so I don't get to play it very often)
Guitar
Mandolin
Ukulele
Harmonica (which I'm awful at...don't ever let me play a solo on this sucker)
Jaw Harp (VERY RARE occassions do I get to play this)
Penny whistle (in an ensemble playing this tiny instrument)
Recorder (Who actually takes this seriously?! I've had it since 5th grade. I pick it up every once in a while.)


Also Plays but Does Not Own:
Piccolo (occassionaly when I can get my hands on one)
Renard Fox Bassoon (played past two semesters in college's symphonic band) I wish I could have this bassoon it's a beautiful maple bassoon....*sigh*
Viola (sometimes for church orchestra when they need it)
Trumpet (can't stand)
French Horn (which I love but I never get to play)
Tuba (Love it! but never get an opportunity to play)
Percussion (I get the occassional opportunity to play in church orchestra but never very often)

Senior Music Education Major, Proficiency Piano

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Mike S. 
Date:   2012-07-29 20:46

I own:
-Recorders(sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor)
-Penny whistles in C and D
-Fifes in Bb and C
-Piccolo, flute, alto flute
-Oboe
-Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
-Soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophones

I also plan on upgrading my piccolo at some point in the future, and adding bass flute to my arsenal. I can play English horn and bassoon, but don't find any need for them, as most of my show gigs are for flutes, clarinets, and saxophones. Plus, with being a college student, I have school bills and whatnot, so getting myself a bass flute probably won't be in the cards for a while =/

-Mike
Recorders(SSAT), piccolo/flute/alto flute, oboe, clarinets(Eb/Bb/bass), saxophones(SATB)

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: LIWWDoubler 
Date:   2012-08-05 20:27

I currently own and play:

Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute
Oboe, English Horn
Eb, Bb, A, Bass Clarinets
SATB and C Melody Saxophones
Bassoon
Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Baritone

MK



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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2012-08-05 20:53

Interesting addition of Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Are you military?

Drew S.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: LIWWDoubler 
Date:   2012-08-06 21:58

No just a band director who performs more now.

MK

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2012-08-22 16:52

I just wanted to confirm that the Kildare Tin Whistles are an excellent suggestion. I just purchased a high D in case it didn't live up to expectations. Overwhelmingly excelled in tone, intonation, and feel. I cannot wait to get the low D!

Thanks Merlin!

Drew S.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: alanporter 
Date:   2012-10-09 22:05

I play comb and paper. Can't afford anything more.

tiaroa@shaw.ca

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2012-10-11 11:01

I own the following:

Db piccolo (6 key)
Concert piccolo
Bb flutes (1 key fifes - x3)
Flute (x2)
Alto flute
Bass flute

Oboe (x2)
Oboe d'amore
Cor anglais

Eb clarinet
Bb clarinet (too many!)
A clarinet (several)
Basset horn (x2)
Alto clarinet
Bass clarinet

Bassoon (French system)
Contrabassoon

Sopranino sax
Soprano sax (x2)
Alto sax (x2)
Tenor sax
Bari sax
Bass sax

Bb bugle
Bb trumpet
F/Bb full double horn

(I'm not a brass player but I have to give them a go!)

What I would like to own:

Modern (Boehm) G or Eb treble flute,

Bass oboe or Heckelphone or Lupophone (whichever is easiest to come by),

Full Boehm (or near to) Eb and C clarinet,
Contra-alto clarinet to low C

Better sopranino and bass saxes.
Maybe a modern C melody.

Chris.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Merlin_Williams 
Date:   2012-10-11 13:01

Chris,

Guo has a new G treble flute out - all plastic! Looks pretty cool. Haven't tried that, but I did try their plastic bass flute. Played pretty well.

Jupiter Canada Artist/Clinician
Stratford Shakespeare Festival musician
Woodwind Doubling Channel Creator on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodwindDoubling

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: rcnelson 
Date:   2012-10-11 18:05

Well, I feel so inadequate in listing my humble arsenal but here it is:

Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Bb Clarinet
Flute
Piccolo
Pennywhistle in C

on my wish list but will probably never get
Alto Flute (never have had a need)
Bass Clarinet (only 1 show and I was able to borrow one)

Ron
Selmer Mark VI tenor (1957), Selmer Mark VII alto (1975)
Buescher True Tone soprano (1924), Selmer CL210 Bb Clarinet, Gemeinhardt Flute


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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Bassoonapus 
Date:   2012-12-29 03:26

Wow you guys must be rich!

I have a cheap student flute and clarinet, as well asa student alto sax. I wish I had a bassoon!

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: leigthom 
Date:   2013-02-05 16:03

Hello everyone

A list of my instruments accumulated over 60+ years of playing and collecting.
Piccolo - Buescher
3 flutes - 2 Pearl and Ubel
Alto flute - no maker's name but plays well
3 Oboes - 2 Marigaux and Kreul
Oboe d'amore - Lorée
2 Cor Anglais - Oehler & Ward & Winterbourne
Oboe d'Caccia old but still works for Baroque
Baroque oboe - Moek
Eb Clarinet - Corton
Pairs Clarinets - Würlitzer (Oehler) & Albert (Albert)
Clarinet - Selmer
Alto Clarinet - Bundy
Bass Clarinet - Selmer - low C
Bassoon - Hüller
Contrabassoon - Amati
Sopranino sax - Yanigasawa
2 Soprano sax - Yanigasawa & Buescher
2 Alto sax - Yanigasawa & Selmer
2 Tenor sax - Yanigasawa
Baritone sax - Selmer
Assorted recorders and Whistles.
Possible wishes would be Bass sax and Bass oboe. But realistically the repertoire is very limited for these instruments.
I play regularly in orchestras. But used to play in wind bands, shows and sax quartets, hence the variety of instruments. I also still give lecture recitals to music societies etc
I have haunted second hand and junk shops for years and have found many interesting bargains.
I'll keep playing and collecting, a fascinating hobby.

Leigh

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Jaysne 
Date:   2013-02-25 14:53

Drew, I'm curious about your statement to play "every woodwind instrument ever invented." Does this include all non-western instruments, too? I'm sure if you look world-wide, you'll find a bazillion types of woodwinds that most of us have never heard of.



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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Jaysne 
Date:   2013-02-25 15:07

I own:
Piccolo, flute, recorder

Eb, A, Bb, C, and bass clarinets

Soprano, alto, and tenor saxes

English horn, oboe, and bassoon

I also double on brass, and own:
French horn, trumpet, cornet, military bugle, trombone

For fooling around with, I have a guitar, piano, violin, and theremin.

My horns are intermediate to pro level. I do want to get a better French horn, however, as well as a bari sax! I'm also working on my snare drum chops, but use a practice pad. Eventually I'd love to get a good snare.



Post Edited (2013-02-25 15:14)

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2013-02-25 17:47

There are a lot of world woodwind instruments, especially flute types. I have interest in playing them all, god willing. I've found there are many similar instruments, of which I would choose my favorite sounding of the set (say, transverse 6 hole diatonic flute, lots of them available, will stick with the Bansuri). It's quite a process.

I also have interest in making my own flutes. I have a camping trip in 2 months, and I hope to have made a fipple and native american style flute before this time. At this points I will work with PVC.

Drew S.

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: FluteClarinet55 
Date:   2013-06-14 14:06

I hope that some day I'll be able to have such an immense list of instruments, but currently as I am in school I only have the following:
2 flutes (Gemeinhardt & Yamaha)
Buffet clarinet (Currently borrowing from my school, but hope to buy one soon)
Vit Alto Sax (Was going to learn, but decided to do clarinet instead)

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: SimpsonSaxGal 
Date:   2013-07-05 14:21

Well, this post (and some cleaning of my privacy settings online) has brought me back to this message board.

Instruments I currently own:
a King alto sax
Selmer Omega alto sax
a Selmer flute
a plastic student model Yamaha Bb clarinet,
a new-to-me Eb alto clarinet, and a
King Trombone.

Instruments I would love to own for myself and have played frequently before:
Bb bass clarinet,
Eb Contralto clarinet
BBb Contrabass clarinet
Bb tenor sax
Eb bari sax
and maybe an oboe or bassoon to tinker with.

Kimberly Karwath
Bb, Bass, and Contrabass

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: jvsax 
Date:   2013-07-30 18:53

Current arsenal:

piccolo/flute/alto flute/bass flute
Bb clarinet/bass clarinet
soprano/alto/tenor/bari saxes
tarogato
WX-7 wind controller

Wish list:
better chops, more gigs!

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: Colinb 
Date:   2013-09-15 16:04

Hi, this is my first post.
I'm fighting the good fight with:

Several tenor trombones, bass & alto trombones, a flugelbone and a tuba.
Wind synth (Akai EWI 4000s)
Various keyboards,
Baritone Saxophone (G4M Chinese)
Tenor Saxophone (Bauhaus)
Eb Contra clarinet (Leblanc)



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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: JHouse 
Date:   2013-12-31 02:44

I'm a pianist... but I don't like the piano, so I spend the rest of my time on everything else:

Flute (2 owned, poor cond.)
Bassoon (1 owned)
Alto sax (1 owned)
Eb clarinet (university)
Bb clarinet (2 owned)
Eb alto (2 owned)
Bb bass (1 owned, but I prefer university's Selmer 67)
EEb contra (univ. owns 6...)
BBb contra (univ.)

Bb trumpet (2 owned)
Conn 16E mellophonium (3 owned... don't ask)
Trombone (old old old King. It's brown. Actually brown.)
BBb tuba (3/4 size only, but it does what I need)

SSAT recorders (owned)
- advice, if you're in the market for a recorder and you don't want to spend a lot of money, Aulos has fantastic plastic instruments in their 500 and 700 series. They project well, play well in tune, and are easy to control and have an authentic, complex sound. Except their bass recorder sucks, so get a Yamaha.

I also have a guitar and a violin laying around, but they don't see much use. I've been sticking with the viola lately - less competition. =]



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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: super20bu6 
Date:   2014-01-23 17:35

Current list is:
1 Piccolo-Armstrong
2 Flutes - Armstrong Open Hole/Low B & a Vito
2 Bb Clarinets- H Bettony & LaCroix Full Boehm
1 Bassoon-Richter
1 Soprano Sax-Antigua Winds
1 Alto Sax-King 660
1 Tenor Sax-King Super 20
1 Baritone Sax -Yanagisaw / Vito Stencil-just sold Bari # 2
3 Bass Clarinest-Leblanc 400 to Low Eb/Leblanc 330s to Low C/Orpheo Low C
1 Eb Contra Alto-Selmer/Bundy
1 Bb Contra-Leblanc Paperclip to Low C

Buying within the next 2 months...and Oboe and an English Horn

Haven't played piano or percussion in years....but getting the itch for a keyobard...

And sold about 3 years ago:
Conn 8D Double Horn
Hans Hoyer Descant Horn-Bb/F Alto

Doubler in RI(but play more in CT & MA)

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: super20bu6 
Date:   2014-04-21 17:50

Update.....
The previously mentioned list directly above plus....
2 Oboes-Yamaha 441M (plastic insert in top joint) & a Patricola SB1
1 English Horn-Howarth S40
1 Bb Clarinet (additional)-Patricola CL.2

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 Re: Instruments I Own and Wish To Own
Author: fromsfca 2017
Date:   2016-05-01 02:31

Probably no one will see this, but here it is, I play professionally:

Eb Leblanc LL Piccolo Clarinet (1969)
Bb Leblanc Opus Soprano Clarinet (1995?)
Yannie Soprano Sax
Selmer BA Alto (1937)
Yamaha 61 Tenor (1993?)
August Richard Hammig Piccolo (1985)
Haynes Flute (1978)
Jupiter DeMidici Alto Flute ()2003?)
MCW LA Oboe (1997)

When I played b'way musical Assassins, I had to also play diatonic harmonica
When I played "How to Succeed...) I had to also play kazoo

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