Humidification of Woodwinds In Dry Weather

Humidification of Woodwinds in Dry Weather

With winter months upon us, a concern with many woodwind players is keeping their instrument properly maintained in dry weather. This is especially important for wood oboes, the instrument most prone to cracking in extreme conditions. Clarinets are less prone to cracking, and bassoons almost never do, and plastic instrument will never crack due to humidity, but they can still be negatively affected by extra dry weather. Potential symptoms of a dry instrument include binding or loose keys, dry pads that don't seal well, loose fitting joints and bell rings or body bands, and a general feeling that the instrument just isn't as resonant as it usually is. We suggest proper humidification of even plastic instruments in dry months.


New Hand-Selected F. Loree Oboes

We're pleased to announce the arrival of new F. Loree oboes hand-selected in Paris by Dwight Parry (scroll down to read his bio)! We're proud to carry only the finest Loree oboes and have a wonderful stock of Standard Regular bore, Standard AK bore, Royal Regular bore, and Royal AK bore oboes available.  Contact Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 for trial information and availability. These wonderful oboes are simply not to be missed!

Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  In 2006-2007, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and before that was a fellow in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.  He has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin.  Originally from Southern California, he found his passion for music studying piano, voice, and jazz saxophone, but it was not until his sophomore year of high school that he began playing the oboe.  Dwight received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and his Master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack. Read More...

Veteran's Day Special - 10% off Reed & Accessory Orders!

In honor of Veteran's Day, we are offering 10% off all in-stock accessory orders now through Monday, November 12th at midnight.  The discount will be calculated automatically at checkout online, or you may order over the phone at 1-800-926-5587 to get the discount as well. Offer excludes instruments and instrument bocals.

Also, don't forget that any repairs brought or sent in through the 15th get 10% off labor costs!

Elliott Carter, American Icon

As many will know by now, American composer Elliott Carter died this week at the age of 103. Carter was actively composing even just this year, and has left a large legacy of music especially for winds including unaccompanied or chamber works featuring clarinet, oboe, English horn, and bassoon (and even saxophone). A fairly comprehensive listing of his compositions is on this Wikipedia page

If you are not familiar with Carter's works, a great introduction to his early compositions is his Wind Quintet, composed in 1948. Here is one of our favorite ensembles, the Imani Winds, playing a movement from that quintet.