Yamaha 841 Custom Oboe
There's just an appreciable level of reserved elegance and precision that is uniquely Yamaha.
I've always found these higher-end instruments to be well thought out, superbly assembled and elegant in their simplicity. They are really easy to work on and still one of the best values for the money (in my opinion).
The blending of the plastic inserts into the surrounding wood on these Duett models is nothing short of amazing.
Sickeningly clean factory work.....and I've LOOKED for a stray screwdriver mark or glue ooze.
Nope, no dirt.
Fossati S Series Pro-Line Oboe
Coming up -- we head into Cadillac territory. A pro-line Fossati on the bench what for pokin' and proddin' at.
Seriously though, the platinum plating on these things is something to behold. I can really only describe it as 'electric white' and it's certainly shinier than anything else I've come across. Even my Nikon was like 'wut' trying to figure out how to expose for how bright the keywork is.
Could this be described as oboe porn? Maybe. All I know is that as far as oboes go, these sure are photogenic.
Can't wait to get this one apart. In particular, I'm interested in the main stack adjustment screws on the top joint. And is that a raw brass reed well?
Howarth S40 Oboe
A nice looking Howarth S40 in the shop for some general maintenance.
All in all a pretty clean looking instrument considering it hasn't been serviced in a few years. There's very few things wrong with it other than some dust bunnies, adjustment issues and worn out key / bumper corks that need replacing. I continue to be impressed with the non-pro / intermediate line offerings that manufacturers are putting out now.
I'm happy to report that the stack I promised folks would take me around 2 to 3 weeks is wrapping up nicely and calls / emails / texts will be going out this week to get those instruments scheduled for pick-up.
For whatever reason, the fall of 2018 has been unusually busy with repairs and the initial surge of back-to-school stuff was a bit more than my one-man-band could handle.
Either way, we're back on track and turn-around times should start heading into much more reasonable time frames.
I appreciate everyone's patience.
Buffet E11 Bb Clarinet
It's always a really interesting mental exercise to examine work you've done in the past -- especially when it's a been a good while since you have last seen a horn. I re-padded this clarinet back in 2016 and (amazingly) the materials I selected have held up remarkably well for 2 full seasons of marching / concert band with 0 maintenance.
Aside from a few boogers hidden in the works, a bit of clean-up and a refresh of the lubricants in the mechanism had her going again fairly quickly. The cringe factor involved with inspecting my old work is getting smaller, so I'm either becoming more confident in my ability or my standards have dropped off in a major way (lol).
Loree Royal -- Tone Hole Inserts
No set of decent repair pictures would be complete without posting up a nearly 10 grand oboe having some tone holes drilled out for inserts. Luckily, everything went smooth and the inserts are holding quite well.
Fox 800 -- Philly D Add-On Project
I've done a lot of Philly D mods for Lorees and for the most part, there's a ton of room to work for adding on the key components between the Low C pad and the 3rd Finger D key. This Fox has everything in super close proximity which made it a bit of a challenge to figure out just where to braze things.
I wound up moving the adjusting screw well to around the 6 o'clock mark (as you're looking towards the bell) and going with a much smaller / shorter touch tab to keep it from colliding with the high C# adjustment bar.
It's kind of a weird looking arrangement to me but I'm happy with how it turned out.
Pad change pending and then she's on her way out.
Macro photography unveils a whole layer / perspective of 'the gunk'...I think it's kinda cool!
I might have to make this a regular 'thing' and start a photo series or something.
Phew! Just finished up a TEDIOUS stack of double reeds for a local university that starts their band camp on Monday.
Generally, the moment I go nose-to-the-grindstone my social media guy becomes a complete lazy ass and forgets to post regular updates.
Don't worry...I'll have a talk with him.
Time to take a break from school oboes / bassoons and get my hands on some clarinet stuff.
Found my 55mm Nikkor Macro lens collecting dust in the corner...so here's a few glorious shots of all the skin gunky detail. NOMM!
A naked T. Hiniker #45 on the bench for some maint.
Not a terribly common oboe due to the long wait time and high price tag but they do have their fans.
It's a well built horn with solid key fit and very heavy plating. Nice centered sound with monster projection....a 'loud / powerful' horn if you will. Great for playing solo / lead...maybe not so much for playing 2nd. Although, you could probably contend with that with some reed fiddling. This oboe wants to be played and not nuanced though.
It's a great oboe, it's just not a 'for me' oboe.
Cool -- this is the 4th time this particular instrument has been on my bench and I'm kinda glad to be tracking its progress as it ages. No cracks yet, and the inner bore liner still looks great.