by Marc Schaeferdiek ReviewsProf. Helmut Hucke:Handling the mechanism of the modern oboe requires long experience; adjusting the screws as well as care and maintenance are always pertinent issues for all oboists.Marc Schaeferdiek‘s book "The Oboe Doctor" is a useful self-help guide. It has a clear, systematic structure which is suitable for beginners and advanced players alike.I regard both the concept and content of this book as optimal and support it with my warmest recommendation.Prof. Winfried Liebermann:I am sure that many musicians are delighted when they find an uncomplicated guide to appropriate care and simple instrument repairs.I myself was thrilled when Marc Schaeferdiek‘s book "The Oboe Doctor" was recently published.This 60 page handbook is very clearly written.It cannot be assumed that every oboist has the necessary ôfeelingö for the fine adjustment required to correctly regulate his instrument. "The Oboe Doctor", however, also contains excellent advice on such things as, for example, how to get around the highly sensitive "moods" of the oboe. There is also professional guidance on buying an instrument and playing it in which is certainly of use to every oboist.In view of the stimulating ideas found in "The Oboe Doctor", I regard it not only as highly recommended for my own students but as an invaluable tool for anyone who is concerned with the oboe family, whether professionally or as an amateur.Prof. Heinz Holliger:Since I, like many of my colleagues, belong to those who have only partly mastered the intricacies of regulating and repairing the oboe, I am very grateful for such a useful, practical and clearly constructed book. It should become a constant companion (and helper!) to all my colleagues. Marc Schaeferdiek, the author:The oboe is correctly regarded as one of the most complex of the wind instruments. The oboist must master not only artistic challenges, but also manual ones. Often he or she is forced to become more handyman than musician.The life expectancy of an oboe is heavily dependent on how it is handled. This includes maintenance as well as repairs (adjusting the mechanism or the intonation, overhauls) carried out on the instrument.This book confines itself to guidance for carrying out minor repairs, adjusting the mechanism, and caring for the insrument generally. It does not attempt to replace an instrument repair person, but highlights the importance for oboists of manual skills besides reed-making. An optimal key adjustment is particularly critical: the tiniest alterations can lead to improved tone quality and attack.As an oboist I Have spend a great deal of time working on instrument maintenance and mechanism adjustment. Over time I have gained an understanding that has been an invaluable aid to performance, even helping to solve apparently impossible problems. The following explanations and diagrams are intended to enable the oboist to solve minor problems idependently, as well as helping to prevent future ones.With this book I hope to encourage oboists to take an interest in the technical aspects of their instrument and to show concern before a problem becomes a concern!I would here like to expressly advise against undertaking any repairs which seem difficult or which entail changes to the instrument where the consequences are not forseeable. If a problem seems impossible to solve, I recommended consulting an instrument maker or seeking the advice of an experienced oboist. No responsibility will be taken for any improperly executed repairs or misguided actions based on the descriptions in this book.