An Interview with Guido Ghetti and his oboe staples
Hello Guido, I would like to discuss with you for a moment about your staples and your company : Rhodium Aurum.
How did you come up with the idea of producing staples? Were you dissatisfied with the production on the market?
_Yes, I was not agree with the price of staples made by a renowned firm I don’t want to name for respect. The quality gone down and price up.
So I decided to try by myself to produce my own staples. Just for personal use.
When I seen the result I decided to sell it !
_When did you start? I know it’s been many years already!
_It’s now 5 years I create Rhodium Aurum Tubes, but before the commercial purpose I took 6 months of experiments and trying.
_How are the operations to gild, or silver the staples for example?
_We do the galvanic processing in a very specialize laboratory where we know exactly the thickness of each metal we apply to the staples, in any case a single micron more or less it changes the result. It cannot be casual as somebody does. This increases the cost, but also the quality.
_Have you requested an authorization or agreement to modify the Chiarugi or Guercio staples ?
_Of course yes ! They both know what I do. Without their permissions it couldn’t be possible.
_Could you explain precisely what is the difference between an aurum staple and an aurum+? Is there a specific percentage of extra gold or gilding?
_Yes, the Aurum reproduce the same thickness I using before in those « good ones » and the Aurum Plus has a higher thickness.
_The 2G tube is a personal model halfway between the « 2 » and the « 2+ »: did you have a specific wish ? What improvement did you want to obtain for your playing with the oboe?
_Very frequently I thought 2 was too small and 2+ too open, and I’m not the only one !
So why don’t try on the middle, I’ve found a very good staple for the Marigaux 901, it allows to play high register more easily also with a larger reed shape without the little problems of intonation with the 2+ on this kind of instrument very popular.
This is very personal, but I’ve found agreements on it.
_Can you tell me what your best sale is? Rodhium? Copper? Gold ? Brass ? Silver …?
_Every material have his particular kind of color, at the beginning gold was very frequent, and now the copper Aeris is very popular, but now I’m very surprised with the silver (Argentum).
It’s very interesting.
_Tricky question: what is your favorite staple ? 😁
_I think every kind of staple should be used for different purposes, I try to classify a little :
Aurum (gold) for Opera because the warmth. Also for classical symphonic repertoire.
Aurum plus: for second oboe is fantastic because it keeps a very warm sound with a very light reed.
Aeris (copper): for symphony orchestra, also warm but sound biggest than gold, also for solo repertoire.
Rhodium: for solo répertoire but also for chamber music.
Ruthenium: for solo répertoire and symphony orchestra.
Argentum(silver): for symphony orchestra and solo repertoire.
My favorite now is Aurum, gold is gold!!!
_Grazie Mille Guido, Thank you !
_Thank you too, Alain, and all the best to you !
A few words about Guido Ghetti
Guido was born in Ravenna, Italy, where begins to learn oboe with Fabrizio Oriani. He has studied in the Conservatory of Verona and Summer Academy of Salzburg Mozarteum with Diego Dini Ciacci. Then, he got the « Premier Prix de Virtuosité » with Maurice Bourgue in Geneva Conservatory and won the prize of P.M. Loria Foundation in Milan as the best student of italian Conservatories in 1991.
Currently, Guido is Principal Oboe at Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa.
⇒Find below my article about his gold staples ! 😃