Date: 2006-04-02 21:37
" ... yes, buy commercial oboe silk swob, cheaper and usually fuss-less and less time consuming, they're not that expensive really when you compare it with your time looking for substitutes," --
Yes, I've decided to order a proper oboe swab, then measure the dimensions, experiment, and...take it from there.
-- "is to put a string on the end of the swab that is longer than the top joint, so that you can pull the swab back out " --
-- "with a small beaded pull-chain (the type that used to be attached to lights, or a key chain, or an old piece of jewelry) sewn onto the narrow end," --
Yep, I already have that. It slips through the reed hole very nicely.
-- "If it makes you nervous to be shopping for ladies blouses, tell the sales clerk it's a present for your GF. :D Then watch her deal with the fact that you're so cheap you're shopping for your GF at Goodwill. :D :D" --
Dutchy, I live in Italy, so the shop names are all unknown - (except Salvation Army - I thought they were only in Britain!) but I love your sense of humour. I'm far past the stage of caring what a sales clerk thinks, ;-) though, this being Italy, there's plenty of shops selling silk.
Actually, my oboe is also a Fox that I bought from Ebay. It's almost 30 years old and without a left hand F, but it sounds beautiful! Oh, and it seems a lot easier to learn than how I remember learning the clarinet!