As many oboists already know, I have been writing articles and books since my twenties—hundreds of them! I have recently published an article with the International Double Reed Society publication, The Double Reed, which I personally consider to be especially important for oboists. It is an education about oboe cracks, relying on quotes from many of the great oboe manufacturers of our times as well as some of the finest repairers on our planet. The consistent feedback I am getting is that this article takes the fear out of when an oboe cracks. I wanted to share my research with as many professionals, students, teachers, and amateurs as possible, since this is a problem that most of us encounter sooner or later. With that in mind, here is a link to the article:

Oboe Cracks:
To Pin or Not to Pin: That is the Question

The above article first appeared in The Double Reed, Vol. 42 No. 1 and is republished here with the kind permission of the International Double Reed Society. 

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