|Subois in D
Hervieux & Glet
|Subois is a play on words with the
concept of the hautbois (French for “oboe”)
Hautbois means “high wood” and subois means,
with tongue in cheek, “under
wood.” This is a bombarde/rustic oboe hybrid made exclusively by Hervieux & Glet.
It is basically a rustic oboe body with a tenor bombarde reed. The sound
is indeed somewhere between a bombarde and an oboe, but leaning toward
the oboe side. It doesn't have the power of a bombarde, but most people
outside of Brittany would find the tone more “civilized.” The
concept was invented by Youenn LeBihan of
the groups Skolvan and Gwerz.
He called his version a piston (so named by Jean-Michel
Veillon for reasons we
won't go into here). His tone is unmistakable and gives Skolvan a
very unique sound. Youenn has made a number of legendary recordings with
his piston. He doesn't make pistons for
anyone but himself, and he makes his own reeds for it using a proprietary system.
It has a great sound for newer Breton dances such as schottishes and polkas.
I commissioned this subois in 1998 from Hervieux & Glet. It is made of French Boxwood with an octave key, an F natural key and three keys below the tonic D of C#, C and B. It was originally crafted to use a standard tenor bombarde reed, but was not quite in tune with itself. In 2002, I sent it back to Brittany to be re-reeded by a reed making company called Korzenn in Lorient. The reed well was widened and now it plays perfectly in tune, but Korzenn are the only folks who make reeds that will work with this subois.
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