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 Re: fox 300 oboe?
Author: matt_lin18 
Date:   2017-04-09 18:24

I played on a Fox 300 for 3 years (albeit an older model, about 1990 when it did not have a third octave key or a low Bb resonance). Great instrument and really have no major complaints about it. I would imagine Fox has improved the model over the years if you were to buy one now.

Mechanism is very stable and stays well adjusted. It's definitely smooth but there's a clickity factor to them too. It's comfortable too, no issues there. Resin of course is that it doesn't crack. The tone is just as gorgeous as any wooden oboe.

The middle to higher register is great and very responsive. There is an element of stuffiness to it especially in the lower register. Very very slight and I do wish it was more freeblowing sometimes.

I also had the chance to try the Fox 333 and 330 models recently. They were newer 2016 models and were the stuffiest and possibly worst oboes I have ever tried. Maybe it was a dud because Fox is praised well in the US. The bells on the instruments were also very small which may be a contributing factor.

In comparison with a Loree Royale (note an instrument twice as expensive), it holds its place. The only major difference I can feel between the Loree and the Fox is the response. The lower register is much smoother and easier to play. The instrument feels like it resonates in your hands more and makes you feel more secure. The Loree does have some resistance because the Royal model has thicker walls but it's a nice, natural feeling of resistance instead of stuffiness.

Also, I recently picked up a violetwood/kingwood Fossati E30. It's marketed at as an intermediate oboe but I think it deserves to be called a professional instrument. It's about $4000 brand new, cheaper than a 300. I would gladly take the Fossati over any Loree AK and I say it matches the Loree Royal. It's a full conservatory system too with a 3rd octave. The only thing it's missing is the B spatula (on the first finger plate). But I have never used that key and I believe it's to help the facilitate the A#-B trill.

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