The 901 Marigaux oboe is for the orchestral oboe player who favors a dark, mellow tone. The 901 possesses a sharper, easier responding low register, and an even high register. Crafted from rigorously selected Grenadilla wood and silver plated, nickel silver keys, the 901 represents the very heart and essence of Marigaux manufacturing.
Model 901 Oboe
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Most oboists who would consider buying a professional-level instrument are already acutely aware of the Marigaux name, but for those who are not as familiar with the brand or those looking to move up to a professional instrument, I can personally attest that these are, without a doubt, some of the finest oboes in the world. Marigaux oboes are first-rate horns and are worthy of every consideration. They rival the Loree oboe in every aspect, from their dark, rich sound, to their highly refined keywork. I have been a die-hard fan of Loree oboes for 16 years, but have also owned 2 Marigaux 901 oboes recently and am now equally "sold-out" for Marigaux instruments after having performed on their oboes. Both easily matched the Loree models in terms of tonal palette, volume capability, projection, and craftsmanship. Quite literally, the only difference between the two is the placement of the left pinky cluster keys. For those with larger hands, the low B and Bb keys may seem a bit harder to reach on the Marigaux because they are positioned slightly further up toward the hand, and they aren't as contoured as the keys on the Loree. On the other hand, those with smaller hands may find the low B and Bb keys on the Loree to be somewhat harder to reach, since they are placed slightly lower and thus are more out of reach. Overall, this is as inconsequential as can be, considering how outstanding both models have a track record for being. If you can manage to try both out at the same time, I would challenge you to play them back to back blindfolded. There simply won't be any discernible difference in their playing characteristics, and you will likely end up going with the one that just "feels" more comfortable to hold. It truly is a win/win.
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