Topic: Qualities and Lengths of Various Oboe Staples
I have recently been experimenting with different types of staples. Considering that the bore of the staple is the beginning of the bore of the oboe, I am sure that the staple is more important than I previously considered. The staples I have always used seemed fine, but then I tried a few Sierra tubes that I liked better, as they were slightly narrower at the tip. creating a slightly narrower, longer blank if tied just at the point the cane seals around the tube. This seemed to create a different effect than using just a slightly narrower shape.
I have noticed that some of the tube brands are very big at the tip and I have never liked these, as the reeds turn out to be too aggressive for my taste, and then unstable when I try to calm them down.
I am also wondering what advantages oboists have found to various lengths of tubes. I have always used 47mm but am reconsidering, although will only change one variable at a time to keep sanity.
. . .still trying to figure it out after more than 30 years of ups and downs . . . . .