Date: 2021-03-23 05:17
I currently play on a Buffet Greenline, but I feel a need to upgrade. The Greenline feels kind of "one-dimensional" and is really holding me back. I'm looking for something with great sound/feel AND great durability. I love the sound and feel of wood horns, and have owned several very good ones (a pre-Loree Cabart, a Fox, two Lorees) but they've all been retired. They're just not built for the long haul.
So now I'm getting ready to purchase my next oboe, and hopefully it will be a "forever oboe". I have a generous budget, so I am considering a high-end Howarth, a synthetic top Loree or maybe a 800 level Yamaha. I have questions about these instruments and I'm hoping someone on this board can answer them.
1. How do oboes with lined upper joints react to temperature changes? If they are exposed to a large enough temperature change, could the liner possibly separate from the wood? Could gaps just develop over time?
2. Are lined oboes immune to blow-out?
3. Why are the Howarth models only partially lined? What is the advantage of a partial liner and how is that maintained (periodic oiling, etc.)?
4. Howarth synthetic top joints are available in Delrin and Ebonite. What is the difference between the two, and which material comprises the "Jazz" models?
5. What differences have any of you noted regarding the performance of lined oboes vs. synthetic top joint oboes?
I appreciate any insight regarding the above.