Wrist Update

So for those who haven’t heard, I broke my wrist on the baseball field just before Christmas. The radius is broken through just below the wrist and the ulna has a piece chipped off from the socket at the end of the bone. Yeah – so it’s a pretty serious … Continue reading


Repetition: It’s how we get to where we are, professionally. Most people are by now familiar with the ten thousand hours theory. It’s the amount of practice (or repetition) necessary to reach professional level in a discipline- not just music. New York Times best-selling author Daniel J Levitin in This … Continue reading

Selmer Model 26 Soprano Saxophone

Many years ago when I was a student in London looking to buy my first professional sax, I came across a silver plated Selmer Model 26 alto. I asked if I could have a play simply because I was interested to see how different it would be from a modern … Continue reading

Vale Karen O’Connor


Towards the end of June this year we had the shocking news of the tragic passing away of former City of Birmingham Symphony second oboe, Karen O’Connor, a universally popular figure. As well as being known as a really great player, I found myself reflecting on why everyone agreed she … Continue reading

Contrabassoon Overhaul

In October 2015 I was honoured to be asked to present a seminar on oboe repair at the second regional NAPBIRT conference in Australia. (That’s the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians – just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it!) The conference was a great success, and the … Continue reading

My Howarth Life – Sarah Roper

My Howarth Life is a new video series brought to you by Richard Craig Woodwind. Over the coming months, we’ll be interviewing Howarth players from all walks of life to see what it’s like to play these fantastic instruments. We’re really excited to learn different perspectives from oboists around the world ad hope you are too.

Sarah Roper is the Principal Oboe at the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Spain. She has been playing since age 10 and we were lucky enough to sit down and have a chat to her whilst she was in Australia on her masterclass tour.

The music in the intro/outro is from Albéniz- Tango in D on the CD “Cuarteto Emispherio, Quartets for oboe and strings ” which is available here: http://www.oboeclassics.com/catalogue.htm

Richard Craig Woodwind would like to thank Sarah Roper and Howarth of London for making this video possible.

Violet Wood Rigoutat with Gold Plated Keys

This is a sensational instrument. Specially commissioned from Rigoutat by a collector in 1992, it has only been lightly used and is in pristine condition. I’ve just finished a comprehensive service, so this sweet sounding, free blowing oboe is singing beautifully.

It’s a full Gillet system conservatoire pro model with left hand F and C sharp. The gold plated keys look spectacular against the violet wood. There are no cracks and the wood has been thoroughly oiled for maximum protection. Priced at around half of what it would cost new today, this is an opportunity to own a unique, fully professional oboe without paying full price for a new instrument.

Stop Press


We have just taken delivery of the first Moosmann “Performer” bassoon. This is a brand new model exclusively made for Richard Craig Woodwind for the Australian market. It’s an intermediate model for advanced students at high school and university. High grade curly mountain maple with a durable lacquer finish, silver … Continue reading

Moosmann Visit

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One thing I’ve learned over the years as a technician is that the more you know, the more you realise how much you don’t know. There’s nearly always more than one solution to any problem, so I’m always up for learning new tricks and techniques. Here in Australia over the … Continue reading