Back in 1954 it was discovered that Leonardo da Vinci completed not one, but two of his most famous works, the Mona Lisa. It is common knowledge that ole Leo was a renaissance man to the extreme, a master painter, sculptor, writer, engineer, inventor, scientist, and botanist. A less well-known fact is that he was also an avid oboist. The painting featured here was actually the original Mona Lisa, playing the oboe that da Vinci himself invented. Observed carefully, the oboe pictured resembles the modern instrument developed in the 20th century. Leonardo was truly ahead of his time!
The more famous version of the painting surprisingly does not include the oboe. Davinci decided to delete the instrument due to it consistently being mistaken for a clarinet.
This humorous item will make a great gift for the oboe player in your life!
You've now found the staple t-shirt of your wardrobe. It's made of a thicker, heavier cotton, but it's still soft and comfy. And the double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite!
• 100% ringspun cotton • 4.5 oz/y² (153 g/m²) • Pre-shrunk • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping • Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center
Oboe reed sanitation against Corona Virus (Covid19).
Oboe reed sanitation is something that every reed maker must be familiar with when selling reeds to the public. Reed makers must try and adjust every oboe reed or English horn reed I made to ensure proper function. I traditionally use Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) for a few reasons
HP seems to be more gentle on the vascular bundles/cell integrity of the cane.
Hydrogen Peroxide is made up of 2 atoms of hydrogen, and 2 atoms of oxygen (H2O2).Hydrogen Peroxide decomposes to become water (H2O) and oxygen which are non-reactive, and have no taste.
HP seems to be a great cleaner for older reeds that may need revitalization, making it a substance that all double reed players should have on-hand.
Due to the recent covid-19 (corona virus) outbreak I have made a switch to using both Hydrogen peroxide along with Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect oboe reeds and English horn reeds. Northampton MA has not yet had any cases of Covid-19, however I am approaching my sanitation process as though I have already been in contact with the virus.
Soak reeds in alcohol for 30 seconds, remove from alcohol and let let the alcohol drain through the staple.
Let reeds sit for 3 minutes and then dip the reeds in fresh distilled water to rinse off alcohol.
Allow reeds to dry fully away from reedmaking station (4-12 hours).
Wash hands thoroughly.
Place reeds in hydrogen peroxide for 30 seconds, remove from HP allow excess liquid to flow through the staple then shake excess moisture from the reed. Allow reeds to dry full
Wash hands and insert reeds into their packages for shipping.
The Covid-19 virus can survive on surfaces for 4-72 hours.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces. As an added precaution I am allowing reeds at least 3 days to reach their destination after being packaged. This ensures that if the inside of the package was contaminated, the virus will spend enough time in the packaging to die. I will not expedite shipping until further notice, and packages expected to reach their destination within 1-2 days will be held 24-48 hours before being shipped.
Further precautions for oboe reed customers
Packages being delivered may have been touched by many hands during transit. Customers wanting to take further precautions upon receipt of their oboe reeds may wish to take these steps.
Allow packages being delivered to sit for 72 hours before being handled.
Wash hands after opening your packages and before trying oboe or English horn reeds. Be careful not to touch the reeds directly after touching the outside of the shipping box.
Reeds can be sterilized again in a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution.
Avoid sharing reeds.
I am very appreciative for all the support that I have received from my customers over the years. I am grateful that we are able to help one another to play the instrument we love and be happy oboe-ing.