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 Re: plastic vs wood top joint
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-02-02 03:45

If it's a pro level oboe, then it should be fine for any professional player playing a professional concert.

The most significant difference is the plastic joints will need more end play between the key barrels and pillars relative to their lengths to ensure the keys won't bind up when the plastic pulls in when cold, so some may complain about poor key fitting when it's been made like that on purpose for reliability's sake.

Howarth, Loree, Marigaux, Hiniker and several others make entirely plastic pro level oboes, ones with plastic top joints as well as all wood but with sleeved top joints that are played by pros, so one with a synthetic top joint is something less of a worry to the owner if the playing conditions are far from ideal.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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