07. January 2016 · Comments Off on How To Care For Your Oboe · Categories: Seen Online

Just a couple of comments:

I don’t put the bell on first, and I’ve played for … um … over 45 years. I also take the bell of first when I’m putting it away. Go figure. Learn something new every day. (Not that I’ll change my habits now.)

I never use a silk swab. Having caught those darn things in the oboe (and English horn) too many times (even with that “tail” that is supposed to allow us to pull it back out in a swab emergency). In addition, if you DO use those, be sure and put the joing completely upright once the weighted part of the swab appears and you grab on to it. There are gremlins in the joints and they LOVE to knot things up if you hold it downward or sideways. Trust me. I do have a number of friends who use these silk swabs, so I know others love them. I just like a simple old t-shirt type material swab. They are more absorbent and they rarely get stuck.

That being said, it’s a nice, clear video, and the player does a nice job playing. 🙂

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