Joseph.C.Thaggard • Feb 17, 2019 My low D, E natural, G, A, F sharp all sound super bright. Comments [user=117674]HaloLemur[/user] Not that I have a horse in this race—but on the couple oboes I've played, they've been incredibly variable, especially in the lower register. Also, the reed matters a lot too. Lots of my frustration with oboes has been solved by simply getting a better oboe/reed. For what it's worth, my first oboe just would not play the last few notes in the lower register, and the best oboe I played on also played the low octave incredibly bright and honk-y. Put less of the reed in your mouth, blow softer, open up your throat, as a general rule. And if all else fails, whenever I didn't like my tone, just experiment. Experiment with wind, how much reed you're taking in, your diaphragm, your embrochure, your throat, etc. [user=25541571]Joseph.C.Thaggard[/user] [user=HaloLemur]HaloLemur[/user] Thanks! I'll play around with it! And my school actually has an English Horn, the last specialized instrument I'd expect them to have. Your comment Only members of a group can post to group discussions, so Join Question for an oboist- How do get a dark sound on the lower octave?