Topic: A potential travel problem--the oboists' SCREWDRIVER!
Here's a heads up for travelling oboists. While bringing a new Lorée anniversary oboe home from Paris, I was held up by the French security agent at the airport. He told me that the screwdriver is a sharp weapon and that I could not bring it on the airplane and would have to mail it home. I gave him a hurt look and showed how it comes apart and how tiny and gracile it is and then I replaced the medium tip with the Phillip's. He finally looked at my old lined face and said, well, you don't look like a terrorist and then he let me on. I thanked him for using his head. The next security agent did not even see the screwdriver.
Next time I take an oboe on a plane, the screwdriver will be in my checked bags along with the reed knife and the rolling papers.
The Loree 125 Ans oboe, BTW, is superb.