02. November 2005 · Comments Off on Worth a Listen? · Categories: imported, Ramble

I just ran across this site that has sound clips from oboists around the world. So far it’s Europe and America, with one clip from Australia … but isn’t this sort of cool? We Americans can be quite snobby about our sound and our “American” (or “long”) scrape reeds and our dark tone. It’s good to get out of our little boxes sometimes and hear other sounds that are acceptable and preferred in some places. I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said something like “Sometimes the solution isn’t American” and I know it wasn’t talking about oboe reeds, nor do I actually want to change my sound, but we Americans certainly are able to be snooty about our ways, you know?

I have to admit I haven’t listened to the clips yet … shoot … I’m still “coffeeing” and I didn’t bring my headphones. I don’t want to force anyone else to hear the sound clips. They probably prefer the sound of coffee grinding anyway. 😉

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