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Before you choose an oboe

 

 

Not everyone realizes that currently there are two distinct trends
in building historical oboes!

 

So, before you make a decision which instrument to choose, please consider which trend is closer to you.

 

One trend consists in creating faithful replicas of the historic instruments, which are as close to the original as possible in the sound, the way of playing, as well as in their external appearance (obviously, such copies should be perfectly tuned).This trend, slowly falling into oblivion, is the closest to the original idea of the Pioneers in this field, of referring to the best preserved original instruments or their reliable copies in order to seek possibly the most faithful rendition of the richness of the sound of past centuries. Such a trend and the idea it is based on assumes that since we try to study the works of old masters as closely as possible and read their compositional intentions, it is also necessary to give our close attention to the best preserved and playable original instruments from those times; matching suitable mouthpieces to them and, simply, learning to play them. It seems to be logical, because it is difficult to achieve a careful historical performance of Baroque or Classicism music in isolation from genuine Baroque or classicistic instruments.

 

Genuine Copies – limited edition models (listing)

 

 

 

The other trend also involves making copies, but often treated more freely; that is, making them often allows for larger or smaller modifications and upgrades which, in this way, adapt these instruments to the various needs of the majority of contemporary musicians. Those improvements include, for example: asymmetrically drilled double holes g and f as well as diversification of their sizes, changes in channel proportions, changing the position of all or selected finger holes, changing the thickness of the body walls, drilling the thumb rests and many others, not always visible to the naked eye. Currently, a lot of oboists (including the well-known ones) prefer this type of instruments.    Such oboes perform splendidly in every situation and are easier to master, which is attractive not only for beginners, but also for experienced soloists. I have been asked for such improvements by many musicians, and also for ones which have never been made before. I resolved to come up to these expectations. I believe that every instrumentalist should use such an instrument that suits him best. I invite you, then, to try out my latest instruments and their extremely tempting innovations. Thanks to them, playing on a historical oboe will become easier and more enjoyable for you than ever before!

 

Professional Models – inexpensive (listing)