Fox English Horn
There's a bit of an inherent issue with some of these earlier Fox English Horns (this is actually the 7th one I've had to do this to in my short career) where the fitment / attachment of the bocal receiver eventually becomes loose in the body of the top joint.
Generally, upon removing the bocal receiver from the body, spider cracks become evident where the wood has shrunk (look closely in the last picture and you can just barely see it).
I'm sorta convinced that the fitment between the receiver and the adhesive are so tight that they don't allow for movement...so the top ridge of the crown cracks to relieve the pressure, the bond of the adhesive breaks and as a result the horn starts to leak around the edge of the loose receiver.
I'm pretty good at getting these out now but I will say this: Removing these from the top joint is a major league pain in the ass.
Getting them out is easy enough....getting them out so that you're not the butt head that put a bunch of gouges in the bocal receiver and the crown is a nightmare.
We'll epoxy it back in, re-seal the small cracks and call this one done.
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.