Topic: Tricks of the Trade
Here's a topic that will give us a chance to reveal little things we do to make life as a double-reeder easier. To start...have you been confronted with the need to ship a single joint of a double reed instrument and wracked your brain to come up with the ideal way to pack it? Try this. Get a piece of 4" PVC sewer pipe at your local Lowes or other hardware supplier and two end caps. Cut it down to about three feet in length (shorter if your dealing with an oboe or English horn). Wrap the joint to be shipped well in bubble wrap so it fits snugly into the tube. Secure the end caps with approved tape, address the tube, and its on its way. The PVC pipe will provide outstanding protection without having to "over-pack" your instrument.
This is also a great way to ship bows for those of you with a string player as your significant other as I do.