Assembling the oboe could look and feel like a big task when you first open your case, but in will become easier and easier every time that you put your instrument together. Because the instrument has fragile parts, be sure to be care not to bend or break any of the keys. This guide will show you how to properly assemble your oboe!
- Place the case on the floor or a table. These surfaces are much more sturdy so that you do not drop the pieces inside. Do not open the case up on your lap. Make sure that the latches open to the ceiling. Most cases have a thin lid and a thicker body.
- Open up your case. If you notice, all of the keys are facing up and the rods are pointed to the back of the case. Make sure that the corks are well greased! If they are not, the corks will not slide together very well and may rip them eventually.
- Pick up the lower joint. Use your left hand to pick up the lower joint. Your palm should be facing the keys. Make sure to keep your hand below the rings and the bottom keys so that you don’t accidentally bend the keys.
- Pick up the upper joint. Use your right hand to grab the upper joint with your palm facing the ceiling. The back side has the register key. Make sure that your palm is holding the section with no keys on the backside.
- Now it is time to attach the two parts. Be careful. There are two small pieces at the bottom of the upper joint that bends easily. Gently twist and push the two pieces together in small motions until the keys line up. The two bridge keys should line up with the matching piece on the lower joint.
- Time to put on the bell. Take your right hand and grab the bottom part of the lower joint. Take the bell in your left hand and then twist and push the bell onto the lower joint.
- Once all three pieces of the body are completely put together, take you reed out of the water and push it in. Make sure not to twist it in.
Now we will learn how to hold the oboe.