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Why Does The Oboe Tune The Orchestra?

From Bobby Owsinski’s Blog:

Back in the days before inexpensive guitar tuners, the players in the band would look to the keyboard player to give them the tuning notes they needed. Wow, that seems like the time before the wheel was invented or fire was discovered looking back on it now. You can now buy a great tuner for around 10 bucks that works better than anything available even 10 years ago. With that being said, I had always assumed that the orchestra tuned to the piano as well, but have recently discovered that it’s usually the oboe that all the players will pitch to. Why? Good question.

Read more: http://bobbyowsinskiblog.com/2018/03/08/oboe-tune-orchestra/#ixzz59Axrv5JU

Excellent article.

Carol Of The Bells

For Double Reed Quartet. Enjoy!
  Carol Of The Bells by Pentatonix for Double Reed Quartet (324.1 KiB, 5 hits)
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‘Saxophone Lung’

From an article in the Huffington Post:

A case study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows that it’s possible to develop allergic pulmonary disease, known as “Saxophone Lung,” in response to the mold that collects over time in woodwind instruments. Saxophone Lung is really a type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is the inflammation of the lung tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic.

So, clean your horns out every now and then guys!