Cor Anglais bocal refit
Since refitting oboe staples with hard plastic is effective, why not try out this idea with the Cor Anglais bocal?
My motivation for investigating this was initially to solve the problem of cork breaking and falling off the bocals after only a short period. This is a general problem with the bocals for Cor Anglais; because the applied cork has to be very thin at the bottom, it is prone to be damaged when the bocal is inserted in the instrument.
Besides solving this
cork problem - the first tubes made showed a positive effect on the response
and sound from the Cor Anglais, which I hadn't expected. A somewhat crisper
and firmer sound. I especially notice a more 'singing' upper register,
which is quite appealing.
I offer this refit as a do-it-yourself-if-you-dare solution, because it is quite easy to do, and you will have to do the final adjusting yourself anyway.
Please check the socket in your Cor Anglais before ordering. The diameter should be no more than 8 mm and the length maximum 25,5 mm.