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 Finding an Old Friend
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2017-05-19 04:31

When I first started out on Oboe (teaching myself) I picked up my first one in Christchurch New Zealand way back in 1977. It was a Boosey & Hawkes Regent Thumb Plate. Even though I didn't realise it at the time this was a 'bottom of the barrel' Oboe. However I did manage to progress on it to a reasonable standard. My next Oboe was a Bundy Thumb Plate and this was a big improvement on the Regent. I think I got the Bundy around 1994 or there abouts. This Oboe served me well right up to 2004 when I traded it in for a Howarth S55c Dual System (my third Oboe) from John Armstrong who had a repair shop in Newcastle NSW at the time.
However , over time the S55c proved to be just too much Oboe for me and it was also heavy. Recently early this year I traded this Oboe in for a second hand Howarth S2, (my fourth Oboe) which is much easier to play (far less resistance) and is reed friendly.
However I've always regretted trading in that Bundy and have recently been checking out E-bay for another one. The problem is , all the Bundys on E-bay have no low Bb and most of them are not English Thumb Plate. Till recently that is. Just a week ago I was brousing through the Oboe section of E-bay and there was 'my ' Oboe, low Bb and Thumb Plate. It was a compulsive purchase. The price was 180 UK pounds How could I resist? What surprise me was how quick the instrument was sent to me. Six days ! And when it arrived I was amazed at the good condition of it. It actually looks new !. The only wear and tear that I can see is on the bottom of the case where a few scruff marks are. And it is in good playing condition. I've already tested the intonation by playing along with a 'minus one' CD and cannot hear any concerning intonation problems. And with my own home made reeds it sounds fabulous. This is going to be my 'knock-about Oboe.
I've found a long lost friend :)

Skyfacer

Post Edited (2017-05-21 16:25)

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