Date: 2019-01-05 04:45
Quickly, as this is my first posting, I'm an amateur oboist who hasn't played with any consistency for 17 years. Started in the 7th grade, took a 4 year break during the Navy, picked it back up for University, and that was 17 years go.
I've been playing again on my trusty 1989 Renard Fox Artist model, lol. My teacher recently passed, and his memorial service got me thinking about the oboe again, and I want to pick it back up, only maybe I'd like to pick up a different one.
Reading these boards and various blogs about the different makers and the vastly different impressions players have over these makers, coupled with the understanding I've come to have via these same boards/blogs regarding how specific instruments have specific reed needs, I had a wondering, which I wanted to ask about before I start any oboe trials myself.
From what I gather reading around, which is something I didn't even think about before now, but it makes sense, is that a reed that sounds amazing on one instrument won't quite work for another. Since I don't make my own reeds, despite my teacher's best efforts when I was younger, I'll be relying on the reeds made by others, for the time being, at least.
To get to the point, I'm worried that whatever reeds I have at the time I get in the trial oboes will end up deciding which oboe I choose, and I don't want that. So, how can I avoid that situation? I don't want to choose a Loree Royal just because the reeds I happen to have at the time happen to be better suited for that oboe than say the Laubin or Howarth I'm trying, when if I had a reed suitably matched for each oboe, I would choose something different.
Is this a real concern I'm having, or am I making something more difficult than it is? Surely wouldn't be the first time, says my wife.
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