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David Schast Reed Service & Supply, LLC

Volume IV, Issue 2

March 2006

“All the reeds fit to play”

Text Box: A Good Reed
Text Box: David Schast
Reed Service & Supply

David Schast Reed Service & Supply, LLC

How we come to the oboe is usually straightforward though varied. Sometimes it is a little bit mysterious. Some of us had a band director foist it upon us at an unwitting age. Others had a parent who used to play and had their instrument in a closet. Still others chose it because no one else played it and the uniqueness of being the school’s only oboist appealed to us. At the end of the day, perhaps the largest factor in playing the oboe is its tone, its unique harmonics and timbres drawing us to it. There is something captivating about a well-played oboe, something beyond the melodies themselves that fascinates us. Perhaps it is the melancholy colors the oboe can paint with a metaphysical introspection and longing, or the warm, gay bounce of a lively Baroque articulation that make us feel an affinity for the instrument. Whatever it is, it is the feelings evoked within us when hearing or playing the oboe which keeps us enthralled, sometimes almost literally.

 

The art of the oboe is in its tone and expression with the reed being the largest component in producing the quality of the sound. We spend at least as much time on reeds, if not more, than on practicing. We struggle with our reeds day-in and day-out, at the mercy of climate, temperature, altitude and humidity, with the edges of our reed knives and the dimensions of our gouge. Why? Because we are creative, feeling people who are moved by the unique sound of the oboe and all our efforts are focused on having the oboe create the sound and musical expression that resonates within us. As Richard Woodhams once said, playing the oboe “is always interesting”.

Why we play the oboe

There is something captivating about a well-played oboe

To contact us:

Phone: 215-782-CANE

Fax: 215-782-2263

Email: reedmaster@reedmaster.com