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The Chudnow Advantage

Why is it critically important to you that your reed seals, but it’s acceptable that your oboe doesn’t? This isn’t a problem flute players have. Their headjoint never changes. Every time they put their instrument together, they have the constant of the same headjoint. If suddenly—or more likely, gradually—their low notes don’t respond, they know it’s not the headjoint; it has to be the pads and/or mechanism. You don’t have that luxury. Every time you change reeds, you don’t know if your problems are with the reed or the oboe. Your propensity is to blame the reed. You then go...

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The Ultimate Expression of Perfection

With almost 40 years of experience, Mark has worked on literally thousands of oboes. From minor adjustments to making instruments, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the repair bench. His expertise enables him to coax the best out of an instrument and is widely recognized throughout the profession. His ability to get an instrument to seal perfectly results in a unique resonance with a broader overtone spectrum. Technical refinements also bring an advantage to the musician. Changing critical bumper corks to leather, adjusting springs for a crisper feel, making minor mechanical modifications—all these improvements culminate in greater technical facility...

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