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Shopping for an Oboe

Should I get a plastic or wooden oboe?

A plastic oboe is perfect for the beginning player. Plastic oboes tend to be more durable and easier to maintain than wooden oboes. However, wooden oboes are usually a better pick (there are always exceptions, though) for the more advanced player because wooden oboes tend to have a better, darker tone than plastic ones. However, wooden oboes tend to develop micro-fractures, are difficult to clean, and can get moldy easily.

Does it matter what brand I buy?

Yes. Chances are, if you've never heard of the brand before, it will not be a good oboe. Because the oboe is a very complicated instrument to make, it is a good idea to buy from companies that only make oboes. These oboes tend to be the best made and will save you the most money in the long run, even if they are a lot more expensive to purchase. Companies that specialize in oboe manufacturing include: F. Loree, Fox, Covey, and Mariguax. Yamaha also makes good plastic oboes for the beginner and intermediate student.

Should I buy used or new, or rent a horn?

It all depends on your budget. For a beginning

player, I recommend renting because oboes are expensive and difficult to play. A young player may become frustrated easily and not stick with the instrument. For more advanced players, I recommend purchasing an oboe. Whether it is used or new depends on the oboe, so try out a selection of each.

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