Topic: English Horn "E's and "A's" - Pitch - Wildness - Bocal? Instrument?
I am writing as an oboist without access to an English Horn at the moment. I've got a student with a Fossati english horn with two Fossati "Z" bocals - courtesy of the youth symphony. Both A's and E's are very high on this instrument with both bocals; and with the 2nd octave E unplayably high. When I attempt to correct the 2nd octave E, the pitch wildly oscillates. I have checked the hight of the D key and this does not appear to be the issue. My the initial thought because the issue occurs on notes which occur on one harmonic - is that this is a bocal issue. Does anyone have any ideas? I don't want to order a handfull of bocals to try (and have to convince the orchestra to buy) if this is not the issue. If you do feel this is a bocal issue, do you have any that you recommend that specifically remedy this problem?
I think it's time to buy a horn of my own.