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My current project in the barn is a 3 manual instrument under construction and progressing nicely.Over the last few years as I have been acquiring bits and pieces for this instrument I have met some truly dedicated people to the instrument and its repertoire. A good 50% of these are under the 45 year old mark. I have been freely given much useful advice and some of these contacts have turned into good friends. regards and best wishesRichard
I don't know the difference between a Clarabella and a Rohr Flute but wonder if your Great has a bit of duplication with stops which might possibly be enclosed and whether possibly one might think of Tierce or Larigot, or possibly a flute based 2ft?It would be interesting to hear more expert opinion, David Wilde perhaps or PCND?Best wishesDavid P
Looking back, this thread seems initially to be John asking about the differences between a Swell Oboe and an Orchestral Oboe: The main differences (at least in our own 'Willis' terms) is construction - the standard Swell Oboe or 'Hautboy' construction is usually a very small-scaled, reverse-conical tube (resonator) topped by a larger, faster gradient, reverse-conical 'Bell'. The bell is either fully open, fully capped (soldered) or with a full cap left un-soldered to act as a regulating flap.The invention of the Orchestral Oboe is credited to our own George Willis (brother of FHW) and given the higher pressure usually needed to make these I suspect that that credit is correct - George began the Willis voicing system for reeds which we still follow and without which no reeds can accurately be said (though it doesn't prevent them being said) to be 'Willis-style'! The construction is a slightly faster gradient - though still relatively small-scaled tube, without any 'bell'; A Willis Orch Oboe would be fully capped (soldered), with a 1/3-diameter width slot cut 1/3-diameter down from the cap, the resulting flap would be scrolled to prevent its being moved inadvertently after voicing and regulating, and there would be a hole pierced opposite the slot. The shallots are also different: the Swell Oboe would have a Willis 'C' set shallot, either 'filled in' or 'unfilled' dependent on the pressure to be used and the eventual tone required whereas the Orch Oboe would have a special form of shallot - very narrow with an extremely slow taper, open face and with a reverse-beaked end. This gives a particularly thin - almost string-like - sound and a thick tongue is used in the voicing to bring back, as required, some of the roundness of the true Oboe tone. Regards,DW
Yes, a Willis Orch. Oboe sound is thinner - there are others that are extremely pungent, particularly the Hope-Jones variety.The volume of a Solo example might tend to be louder simply due to the (possibly) higher pressure, but the final result is entirely at the whim of the voicer I think. An over-loud Orchestral Oboe might be a rather unmusical effect?DW