Topic: Chudnow Staples

I've been trying the Chudnow staples, both the S and E shapes. Based on the few reeds I made so far with them, I like them. They seem to have a more focused sound. My problem is that I have a real battle getting them in and out of the oboe. The fit is very tight and without a cork, there's not much to hold on to. The E type is even worse than the S since the E has less to hold on to, but both are difficult. If I put the reed in at the wrong angle, I can not twist it to correct the orientation. I have to remove it (with much difficulty) and try again. Is this a common problem or am I missing something?

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Re: Chudnow Staples

Hi Michael!  Seems like  every oboe's reed well is a little different - the Chudnow staples fit well in my Covey, but in my older Loree they slop around so much I can't use them.  I guess maybe you could replace your reed well, but other than that you're probably *stuck*.  sorry for the bad joke.

Darlene

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Re: Chudnow Staples

While this won't help Michael, Darlene (and others with the problem of Chudnow staples fitting too loosely) should know that Mark will send you large-size O-rings that compensate for this, usually free of charge.

Jonathan Marzluf
Owner, Marzluf Reeds
SoCal Freelancer/Educator
www.marzlufreeds.com

Re: Chudnow Staples

Michael, I also find that these staples are a snugger fit.  Have you tried using cork grease or Vaseline on the O-rings?

When you wrap your reed, try wrapping farther down the staple... the extra thread might give you a better grip on the reed when you're inserting it into or removing it from your oboe.  I usually end up using more thread on the Chudnow E and S staples than I would use on a normal cork tube.

Andrew Nogal
oboe/English horn