Date: 2022-10-17 12:12
For some reason I am not allowed to edit my own post, so I can't correct my spelling...
> I bought a new oboe a year ago, so I have to update this very
> important thread.
> I still have my Mönnig 180D english horn. That is going
> ...but I changed my Mönnig oboe to a Ludwig Frank 11B.
> I really liked my Mönnig, but it is a diva. Albrecht Mayer
> said he wanted the oboe to have "no character" and it should be
> like a blank canvas he could paint whatever he wanted on. Can
> you imagine that kind of freedom? I can, and it sucks most of
> the time. You have to be in full control of the instrument at
> all times, and it really responds to what you do. As I said to
> another oboist who also changed from Mönnig (to Marigaux M2):
> "Some days I did not know what to paint, and some days I just
> painted ugly crap".
> I don't I think I will ever find another oboe that plays with such ease
> in the lower register. It was a dream.
> At the Norwegian chapter of IDRS convention in 2021 I decided a
> was going to buy a new oboe. Actually I had decided to buy a
> Marigaux 901, so my focus was mainly on the Marigaux stand.
> They were all good, but then I decided to try some of the
> Ludwig Frank oboes there. He had brought three oboes.
> 11CD, 12B and 11B. If you want to buy a Ludwig Frank oboe,
> conventions are the only place you can test different models
> and actually buy the oboe you are playing. He has a waiting
> list, up to a year, if you are buying outside conventions.
> I was too slow to even test the 11CD before it was sold. So it
> was between the 11B and 12B. It you don't know: Tthat is the same
> model with and without gold plated keys. They were both good,
> at least I could not really feel or hear anything that set them
> In comparison with the Marigaux 901s the intonation was more
> even and it not feel as stiff as most Marigaux do when you come
> from Mönnig.
> Ater some more testing (projection, dynamics etc...) I finally
> landed on the 11B, just because it was cheaper and it did not
> play any different from the rose gold plated (and more
> expensive) 12B.
> "fun"-fact: Like Mönnig oboe, all LF oboes have gold plated
> rings and posts. I did not notice this oboe was rose gold
> plated until I came home. It looks really nice, and I like that
> it is not so BLING BLING as yellow gold.
> TLDR: Blablabla I bought a new oboe.