Details about OBOE HINIKER SNAKEWOODSee original listing
Jul 10, 2012
Bellingham, Jewel of the North, United States
New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is ... Read moreabout the condition
HINIKER SNAKEWOOD OBOE
Without peer in the realm of oboe.
This instrument has astonishing playing characteristics not to be found in any other
single oboe of any make, even any other Hiniker oboe.
Just one "for instance"- for a professional oboist, no matter how fast you play or can play the
famous staccato solo in Rossini's La Scala Da Seta, all the notes will come "round"
and "fully formed." None of the notes will "chip."
Snakewood imparts a complexity of colors to the tonal palette that defies any and all adjectives and description.
The attention to detail is "off the charts"-
Tom Hiniker is a perfectionist of the first order.
Left C#, left F, 3rd octave key, Philadelphia high D, adjustable thumb-rest.
Museum quality Snakewood. Snakewood is heavier and denser than grenadilla, African Blackwood.
Half length P.E.T. polymer sleeve liner in upper joint.
Wood stabilized by 24 hour immersion in "Nelsonite"after all machining finished and before key-work was fitted.
The Hiniker key-work design, engineering, ergonomics is second to none.
Plating: key-work buffed and burnished, copper strike, then buffed and burnished, then 2 layers silver, final 2 layers 24k gold.
This oboe is made from a lot of crack free, "museum quality" Snakewood acquired about 25 years ago by a renowned flute maker. The wood was most carefully aged, and turned into round sections. Aged in round form for over 10 years.
After the aging process, this oboe took six years to make from round sections: rough turned, to near finish turned, to rough boring, to near finish boring, to machining tone holes and post holes, final reaming. All processes were accomplished in tiny, meticulous stages, months, and even at times, years apart. Tom Hiniker had only enough Snakewood to make 4 oboes in total. The chances of finding more Snakewood of this quality is likely about zero. The other 3 Snakewood oboes in the queue have been "spoken for" long ago. Tom Hiniker will be making a Snakewood oboe (one of the four) for his own use.
The wait list for a Hiniker oboe of any description is over 10 years.
This is the "Stradivarius" and "Lamborghini" of oboes in one instrument. This oboe is not like any other oboe extant.
[For the sake of comparison, a concert flute in Snakewood by master flute-maker Alexander Eppler is $25,000]
If you happen to be in the Pacific Northwest, please feel free to make an appointment to try this instrument in person.
US purchaser only, please. International purchase by pre-arrangement only.
Payment due within five days of auction end.
Cashier's check only, please.
No returns. I would recommend in person pick-up.
Please ask any questions you may have. Peter 800-419-5912 10-6 Pacific Time
I have a plethora of other oboes, oboes d'amore, English horns, bass oboe, and possibly a pre-war Heckelphone available.