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 Re: Oboe hand sizes
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-09-06 19:26

You won't be able to move the split RH3 fingerplate on oboes, but you can have the other fingerplates altered to reduce the stretch.

LH1 can have an angled aperture to move it towards the lower side (nearer to the extension tab) and the middle fingerplates and LH3 fingerplate can be fitted with a cor anglais-style ring on the top that's offset (up or down) so the apertures can still be positioned centrally, but the ring on top will ensure your fingertips will still make an airtight seal.

RH1 is often fitted with an extension tab, but that can be made with a much taller one which runs over the F# key.

The F key is relatively easy to alter to make it easier to use, the LH Eb/B/Bb abd LH F keys can be lengthened, the G# key can be reangled, the RH C/C#/Eb cluster can also be altered and still function.

It's a case of sitting down with a specialist repairer who can make these alterations so the keywork is tailor made to fit your own hands. I've done this kind of work for players on both clarinets and oboes either in the simplest form by bending keys to fit their hands or more involved alteration work for players with arthritis or missing parts of their fingers.


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