“The oboe arrived safely today, and it is absolutely wonderful. I so appreciate everything that you both did to make the purchase such a pleasant experience. Your many answers to my many questions… were of enormous help in my decision making process. Now that I have seen and played the oboe, I can attest that everything Celia described about it is absolutely accurate. This oboe does indeed have a very sweet sound, and a sweet feel as well. The colors and key work are beautiful, and I do believ…
Richard’s woodwind repair work continues to be outstanding. Once again he has resurrected my old and tired Cor Anglais to a point where it feels almost new again. Precision re-corking, adjustments, thorough cleaning etc etc, it’s real quality work. Thank you.
“I was very, very pleased by both the instruments…the service and regulation of these oboes is outstanding. Your craftsmanship is as fine as any oboe expert in the United States, I only wish the freight to Oz was less costly or I would send you my horns regularly for service.”
“Richard is a brilliant technician who fully understands the importance of setting up an instrument to the highest professional standards.”
David CowleyPrincipal OboeBBC National Orchestra of Wales
“Oboe arrived today. It is indeed a first class instrument in every respect! Thank you.”
“Thank you both so much for getting this instrument for me! It arrived this morning and it is unbelievably good. Gorgeous, and it likes my reed, and it doesn’t wobble on 2nd octave F-sharp on my reed! The sound is much less muted than my old oboe. The upper register actually projects and it seems to take the air very easily in the high registers! You have made my year.
Thanks again, I’ll be suggesting you guys and the Howarth instruments to anyone who asks. This is my first Howarth oboe …
“Thank you for your work on my bassoon. It certainly plays much more easily now than it has for as long as I can remember. … I can now sound the highest c, d and e flat without any trouble at all!”
Michael Julian Lew
“Full overhaul of old Puchner Bassoon, including a rotten boot joint and complete pad replacement. Excellent work, on time and with solid communication – very happy, thanks Richard!”
“I fully recommend Richard Craig’s work. He is highly skilled and thorough and his meticulous attention to detail gives very satisfying results. He is well equipped for the most complicated and daunting jobs and has an excellent knowledge of woodwind manufacture.”
John Cranex-Principal BassoonSydney Symphony
“…having a repairer who is reliable, conscientious, and above all, understanding, is an absolute requirement and I can recommend Richard’s work without hesitation. Richard has always insisted on my fully testing the instrument on collection to ensure any problems that may still exist are then resolved to my complete satisfaction, and this is a very reassuring aspect of his service.”
Edward KayPrincipal OboeBournemouth Symphony Orchestra