11. August 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe

This morning I and at least one other oboist I know (hi Jillian!) received this email:

Dear Madam/ sir:

We make perfect wooden oboes.the price is $1280/each include shipping cost.please contact me no hesitate if you are interested.

[name and link removed]

My immediate reaction is, “Yeah, right.” The photos in the email made the oboe look plastic to my eyes. But of course I still had to investigate, as the name of the oboe was totally new to me. After all, I do dream of the perfect oboe. And the perfect reed. (And thin thighs, too.) I then did a google search on it to see if anyone else has anything to say about it.

I landed on an oboist’s site — a person I’d never heard of, but who had quite the bio on his own site (but nowhere else aside from Wikipedia, which could have been put up by someone he had do it). The site looked rather unprofessional and suspect.

Still, I replied to the seller. (No harm, right?)


Did you want me to review this instrument for my oboe blog ( oboeinsight.com ), or are you just advertising to all oboists? (I sometimes get review requests, but your email is a bit unclear to me.) I would be happy to do so, but I can’t afford to purchase an oboe at the moment (although I have students looking for a new instrument). I never recommend oboes without being able to try them first, as you can imagine!

Just now I received his response:

Dear Patty:

Please contact [name removed] and visit his web site [link removed]

to know our perfect oboe.

[name removed]

You can guess, I’m sure, whose site I was to visit to read about the oboe! Yep. The same unknown oboist I found when I googled the oboe.

So … well … never mind! One oboist whom I’ve never heard of recommends an oboe I’ve never heard of. There is nothing else about this instrument anywhere. At. All.

I guess I just lost my chance at getting the perfect oboe.

Oh well. I get to pick up my not-quite-perfect-but-fine-for-me oboe from Mark Chudnow on Monday! I can live with that.

11. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Bassoon, Havin' Fun

I guess I’m in a Bill Douglas mood right now …

Here’s the info given:
Bill Douglas and the Boulder Bassoon Band plays Bill’s composition ‘Banana’, framed by Sonny Rollin’s ‘St. Thomas’, in a 1985 concert. Near the end, the band performs Bill’s ‘Vocal Rhythm Etude #5′ (formerly known as ‘Rock Etude #17′). The other members of the band are John Steinmetz, Dan Young, Bruce Orr, Jim Cochrane, Steve Braunstein, and Geoff Johns (percussion).

Johann Adolf Hasse (baptised 25 March 1699 in Bergedorf, Germany – 16 December 1783 in Venice) … heard of him? I hadn’t! And he wrote a Concerto in F for Chalumeau, Oboe, Bassoon, and Continuo. Wow! So here you go the work on original instruments.

Thomas Carroll, Chalumeau
Graham St-Laurent, Oboe
Kelsey Schilling, Bassoon
Masayuki Maki, Harpsichord

11. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

Epiphany: there is a HUGE difference between oboe solos, and solo oboes

11. August 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

learning to play homestuck music on oboe. fun and challenging.