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 New to the Oboe
Author: Zia 
Date:   2018-12-24 18:17

Hi, i just got an unbranded wooden Oboe for Christmas, I've wanted one for a while but have never played one before, i mainly play Clarinet. After cleaning it up i'm had a small go with it and was wondering what advice you had for someone starting out :)

It'll need new pads soon which i will replace once i have a grasp better grasp on how it works, I've re padded several clarinets and a couple flutes. Which pads on at a reasonable price would be the best to get? usually on clarinets i go for the Chinese ones on plastic bodied ones and Soundman on wooden ones.

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 Re: New to the Oboe
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-12-24 19:53
Attachment:  corkpads.jpg (171k)

Oboes generally use cork pads which have to be ground to create a smooth and flat face to seat against the toneholes as well as being made to the ideal thickness and installed with shellac, but the toneholes have to be absolutely flat and free from any defects for them to seat against them with no leaks. The cork has to be of the highest quality with no pores or lumps in it.

Some use skin pads in some places, but cork pads are far better generally. You can use leather pads in the three largest pad cups which more and more makers are doing now as they're much harder wearing than skin pads.

See attachment - someone repadded this oboe (Orsi) with cork pads cut from sheet cork. That's an absolute no-no as none of the pads were airtight even though some of them did test well using a feeler gauge, but air leaked through the pores in the cork making this oboe unplayable and it needed a complete overhaul to get it playing easily and right down to low Bb which it barely played below G# before.

Chris.

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 Re: New to the Oboe
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2018-12-29 21:51

I don't seem to see attachments. Does anyone know why? I use Opera as my browser.

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 Re: New to the Oboe
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2018-12-30 21:28

Attachment shows up just fine for me in Chrome...I suggest trying a different browser.

Dane
Bay Area, California

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 Re: New to the Oboe
Author: mberkowski 
Date:   2018-12-31 18:04

EaubeauHorn wrote:

> I don't seem to see attachments. Does anyone know why?

Perhaps just easy to miss? (I have missed them before)
They're listed just beneath the post author and date, practically in disguise.

Michael

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