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Forum topic by kmetzger posted 01-20-2016 09:24 PM 865 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2016 09:24 PM

I’ve been asked to make an oboe stand –
The lady currently has a stand made for a clarinet, but an oboe has a different internal profile and it doesn’t rest on the stand securely. I’d like to come as close as possible to the oboe profile. I thought about making some kind of casting with a material that wouldn’t damage the instrument. Any ideas?

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 10:30 PM

Find someone with a 3d scanner. They are usually associated with 3d printers. Have them scan the oboe and generate you cross sections which you can use to build the stand.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 01-21-2016 12:04 AM

You could also try a piece of plastic (such as a painting dropcloth) pushed into the bell end and then fill it with expanding foam insulation. It wouldn’t take much and you would want to be very careful not to allow the plastic to burst open.

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#3 posted 01-21-2016 01:27 AM

I would go back to grade school.
line it about 12” up with something..
Press in paper mache.
Let set then remove.
Once removed you have your profile.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 01:36 AM

Get a bunch of spaghetti and wrap it up with a rubber band. Then shove it in the end and you might be able to get a fairly accurate measurement and profile, providing it doesn’t flair out inside. Just an idea.

-- Brian Noel

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#5 posted 01-21-2016 02:16 AM

It seems like a few measurements and a lathe would get you there.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 01-26-2016 12:58 PM

I’m kinda late to the game, but how ‘bout put some kids Play-doh in a Ziploc bag, pressed into the end, then removed carefully and measured?

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#7 posted 01-26-2016 02:31 PM

It seems like a few measurements and a lathe would get you there.

- tomd

This. Note how far in you are, and what the diameter is. Do it a bunch of times, maybe every 1/2” or so, and you’ll get a good idea of the profile. Are you applying any sort of cushioning foam or cork or something else afterwards? If you are, then it’s a bit less important that you’re 100% perfect, but you should still be close.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#8 posted 01-26-2016 02:53 PM

Spray foam insulation into a long balloon/tie off/insert into mouth.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 01-26-2016 06:28 PM

I may over-cautious, but I’d be hesitant to put expanding foam into the oboe…even if it were enclosed in a bag or something, it could force itself into the small holes under the finger pads.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#10 posted 01-26-2016 08:00 PM

I might be late to the party as well. How about something like this?

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#11 posted 01-27-2016 03:55 AM

I would take a picture of an existing oboe stand, make a vector outline on the computer then measure a few points on the oboe and scale the drawing to fit those measurements. Print it out and use that for a pattern.

Much like this. I do this stuff all the time so it only takes me a couple minutes. Can’t say if it’s right, but it’s a copy of a commercial oboe stand. If you want a digital copy, send me a PM within a couple days, before I delete it.

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 02-01-2016 01:28 PM

I want to thank everyone for your suggestions. When the oboe is placed upside down on the stand, the wide rim of the “bell” has to rest on the lower part of the stand and the narrow part of the bell has to fit over the narrow part of the stand. So the only critical dimensions are the bottom and top of the stand. The stand doesn’t have to match the internal profile of the bell exactly. The stand I made holds the oboe securely. Thanks again.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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