02. July 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

One of the most important factors to consider when buying an oboe is the material. Although wood is the customary material used for crafting oboes, there are now many plastic oboes that can equally produce a good sound. You may also look the pros and cons of each substance when choosing between wood and plastic. Although wooden oboes can produce good sound quality, you will have to spend ample time in caring for your instrument to make sure that it doesn’t break. However, wooden oboes will inevitable crack or become worn out after several years despite the care you devote to it. Wooden oboes may produce simple sounds, but they are more durable and can last for a longer period of time.

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Things like this just bug me. I have a rather old wood Marigaux. It is not cracked. And don”t the last two sentences contradict each other? (I suspect the final sentence was supposed to read, “Plastic oboes …”. And “simple sounds”?? Huh?

In any case, talk to an oboe player about oboes. Talk to your instructor. You can’t believe everything you read online. Heck, you might not even want to believe me. :-)

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  1. well, when I clicked on the author’s name, I discovered that she’s written little articles on all kinds of consumer advice: how to choose the right fanny pack for your pistol(!), an overview of laptop skins, choosing a waterpik, and the best wheels for your skateboard are just a few of the many topics she advises on. Not exactly the voice of authority, I’d guess!