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 What would you do?
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2018-03-20 03:09

Quite a few months ago, my oboe suddenly would not play any of the lower joint notes. I don't remember exactly what it was, but it was either just squeaks or an octave up. I contacted a well-reputed repair shop a couple hours away and took it to them. Without testing the oboe, they did a complete take-apart, cleaning, and adjustment and charged me quite a bit of money. I played it at the shop and it seemed fine.

The next morning, I had exactly the same problem as before, and contacted them. They basically said, it played ok at the shop so....

I finally figured out that when I picked it up off the stand, the upper and lower joint were slightly out of alignment because of how I picked it up, and that was causing the weirdness in the playing. Someone more skilled than I would probably have noted the slight mis-alignment but I didn't. All I had to do was make sure it was put together properly and it played fine. So I was out that large sum of money for nothing; it didn't need work and if they had play tested it before taking it apart, that would have been apparent. I'm fully aware of my own stupidity in this but I didn't take $250 into the back yard and burn it, which is what I feel like they did.

What would you do? What I'm doing is never giving them any business again, although I'll have to mail it somewhere if it needs serious work.

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