12. July 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe, Ramble

I’ve given up trying to play the Marigaux that I usually play. I guess it’s more than a broken trill key that is an issue; it just feels out of sorts to me. Or maybe the broken mechanism does cause other problems on the oboe. In any case, it’s not fun to play, so I’m back to the other Marigaux. The issue with that one is that it’s a much older instrument and the reed well is a bit smaller so some reeds simply won’t fit unless I shave away a bit on the cork of the staples and I’m not willing to do that. Sigh. See what a difficult life I lead? You never knew, did you?

I do wonder if this is the end of my main guy. It IS quite old, but I don’t really buy into the whole “played out” thing. Still, could it be that it’s just too weak to keep working on? Dunno. I DO know that if I had money to spare I’d give the Marigaux M2 a try. (No, I don’t have to have a Marigaux, but there’s a part of me that feels rather loyal to the make since it’s suited me so well for so long.

For now, though, I will deal with my other baby, and see if I can’t get some reeds that fit into it working. I just hope to hear from Mark Chudnow soon … and I’m praying he’ll be willing to take my oboe into his care as quickly as possible. (He’s a busy man.) If not … well … I actually am not sure what I’ll do about this.


  1. I tried an M2 alongside two 2001s that I liked much better. The M2’s design likely prevents cracking and technical malfunctions (such as your broken trill key!) but I didn’t think it was special enough to warrant the considerable extra cost. Let us know what you think if you try any new oboes! Of course I hope that Mark can resusciate your tried and true one. I’d like to give the Marigaux “altuglas noir” another try — that’s an oboe that makes me wish for a few extra dollars in my bank account!

  2. I haven’t the money for a new oboe any way, but I’d sure LOVE to try new Marigaux oboes! I’ll keep dreaming ….