20. May 2009 · 1 comment · Categories: Links, Quotes

To Earle Dumler, who plays oboe and English horn with Los Angeles Opera, the sound is “mournful.” Dumler remembers the late actor-producer Michael Landon’s words to him at a Christmas party for TV’s “Little House on the Prairie,” on which he played for 11 years: “Earle, as long as they’re crying and dying, you’ll be working.”

This article is a really fun read.

It’s not without error, though:

On the other hand, there are, by general agreement, only two important oboe and English horn makers. As with Coke and Pepsi, you’re in one camp or the other. Dumler, Gilad and Horn play instruments made by Paul Laubin, a New Yorker whose father, Al, started the business. Elardo and Hove play Loree instruments, made in Paris.”

I play a Rigoutat. I had thought about replacing it once with a Loree, since all the “big guys” played a Loree. My colleagues sat out in the hall to listen to me play both in a blind test. My instrument won, hands down. I still play it, and I still love it. I know there are other makes that professional musicians use. It’s true, though, that Loree and Laubin are the most popular.

1 Comment

  1. Oh, that is a fun article. Though, I was caught by this error too: “The reeds — which have a performing life comparable to that of toe shoes…”

    *insert obligatory word for Howarth!*