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Investigating Breath Support, Vibrato and Reed-making Refinements across the World’s major styles, this unique, impartial and comprehensive book explains

Perfect Intonation

in both scales,

along with detailing choices of Cane, Staple, Gouger, Shaper, Knife, Profiler

and every option and refinement of the Scrape.

Enjoy predictable control over every aspect of tone and response.

552 Pages

with 82 World Interviews

and 115 Reeds

photographed against the light

and in profile

with complete measurements.


Available Now from

Howarth of London,

June Emerson Wind Music,

Crowthers of Canterbury,

Reeds 'n Stuff (Germany)

Oboe-shop.de (Germany)

www.Trevcomusic.com (USA)

Oboe Central (Australia)

and soon from

most Oboe dealers across the USA,

as also from

this website.



Emer Calthorpe: Violin, Music Theory, English as a Second Language

Understanding the Oboe Reed

82 World Interviews

115 Colour Photos of Reeds with Complete Measurements

American Recommended Workflow, Tests and Checks

Musicianship ‘Beauty’ Breathing Projection 'Open Throat’

Airspeed Tonguing Embouchure Vibrato Student Reed

Immediate Corrections Reed Structure Aperture Tensions

Perfect Middle-Octave Intonation:

Introducing the ‘Golden Rule of Thumb’

International Traditions The Treasured ‘Second’ Oboist

Cane: Selection Storage Testers Micrometers

Gougers: Principles Preparation Choices Blades

Technique Settings Adjustments Geometry

Knives: Choice Technique Sharpening Stones

Shapers: Tips Machines Specific Intonation

Tying: Threads ‘Crossing’ ‘Overlap’ Technique

The Scrape: Method Regions Voicing Refinements

Profilers Skin Reed-Wire Altitude Humidity

Staples / Tubes: Choice Suitability Length Acoustics

Acoustics of Oboe and Reed: Cane and Staple / Tube Dimensions

English Horn: Staples / Tubes Crooks / Bocals Proportion

Design Intonation Oboe d’Amore Bass Oboe

Oboe Tuning: a Unique Analysis of Options & Interrelated Consequences


“Meeting and speaking with such a special person as Graham Salter has given me great inspiration to see my reed-making personal history in a wider perspective.”

Omar Zoboli

“A comprehensive survey of such value: the book will be a great success.”

David Theodore

“A most interesting and useful publication for many oboists.”

Eugene Izotov

“A great help for oboe players and for the reed world.”

José Luis García

“Your researches give a new impulse and open new borders. Your thorough study and desire to embrace so many parameters and different styles inspire my deep respect.

Emil Miroslavskiy

"Obviously a cornerstone in worldwide developments ... you have contributed to a more close and accepting culture in the world of oboe playing"

Jan Wiese

“I hope that many oboists will know and read your book, and will learn that the differences in style and instrument are the pepper and salt in our music-making. My great admiration for your work: I feel this is going to be an important book for the oboe world that has so few publications when compared with the flute, and am glad and feel honoured that the Dutch school of oboe playing is to be included and given attention.”

Han de Vries


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