29. July 2018 · Comments Off on Major Instrument Repair · Categories: Instruments

I pick up my oboe and English horn tomorrow, after having left them in the shop for a rather good amount of time. I knew I had no work all summer (rats) and this would be a perfect time to be away from them.

The cost?

$1,100 total.

Yes, really.

Needless to say, they needed a lot of work. They are old. Things go wrong. Plus I’d been rather negligent and hadn’t taken them in when I should have. (Once a year is the smart thing to do. Or at least once a year!)

This is part of the musician’s life. We purchase our own instruments. We maintain them. And many oboist (not me) replace them frequently. (Do I need to add the reed expense bit here? Hm.)

All I can think about at the moment is, “How many students will it take to pay for this expense?!”

I’m glad I really love to teach (most of the time: recently there have been a few students who have pretty much refused to practice and that makes it less enjoyable). In case any readers think I make enough to survive with my performing groups please know my main source of income is actually teaching, NOT performing! I would, in fact, make a better income if I gave up performing all together and filled rehearsal and performance time with students. Crazy, isn’t it?

25. May 2008 · Comments Off on That’s One Bizarre Bassoon · Categories: Instruments, Links, See

Cannon plays the contra monster, a leather bassoon played with a crook and double reed. It has an in-built control panel to allow her to guide the electronic effects.

(Sorry, I still can’t put pictures up here for some reason. Sigh. So check out this link.)