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 Re: Symptoms of clogged octave vent
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2020-06-05 01:22

If you haven't already tried it, then do the following:

With just the top joint, seal off the tenon with any RH finger and close off the fingerplates with your LH fingers.

Then hold the back 8ve key down to open the lower 8ve vent and blow into the reed socket to blow any water out. Then to the same but suck the air out from the reed socket. Do this with the upper 8ve key as well while you're at it.

Then mop out the top joint bore and dry any water from the outside and the lower vent pad by blotting it dry with tissue or cigarette paper.

Then check to see if this has cleared things up.

Another thing you can do if you're confident in removing keys is to check the 8ve vents are clear. You can use a needle spring of 0.7mm in diameter or the shank of a 0.7mm twist drill (as opposed to the business end).

If you haven't got either of those, then a thin sliver of reed (with bark) or an interdental brush of the thinnest gauge can be used to clean out the vents.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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mberkowski 2020-06-04 17:58 
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mberkowski 2020-06-05 06:51 
 Re: Symptoms of clogged octave vent  new
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