Oboe Care Sheet


  1. Oboes are expensive and delicate instruments. If they are treated roughly and not properly adjusted frequently by an expert repair technician, they will not play properly. Once a year, take your instrument to a repair technicianor to a professional player or teacher who can test it and determine if it needs repair or adjustment. Many “reed” problems are not “reed” problems at all: the instrument is simply not responding because the mechanism is out of adjustment.
  2. Always swab each section of your oboe with a silk swab after you play.
  3. Keep the corks on the joints clean and use enough cork grease so you don’t have to force when assembling the instrument. Take the instrument apart and put to together slowly and carefully. Watch closely to see that the bridge keys between the joints do not get tangled with each other and bent.
  4. It is important to keep all of the accessories properly stored in your case. Loose accessories can damage the instrument. It is also important not to put music in your case as forcing it inside can damage the instrument.

A note about wooden instruments: These fine quality instruments are likely to crack if exposed to sudden change in temperature or humidity. Keep your instrument stored in a place where there are no extremes in temperature. Also, never blow through an instrument when it is cold; allow it to warm to room temperature first.

Suggested Maintenance Supplies: Reed Holder, Silk Swab, Cork Grease.

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