Hello everyone, I'm starting 12th grade this year and I have been in takeing music lessons since 4th garde. Like I said I play the trumpet...but I absolutly hate the trumpet! My mom MADE me play it and I didn't get to pick my instrument! Even though I'm pretty good at it now, I would like a fresh new start for college and I'd like to switch to oboe. Do you think this would be a good idea? And since I'm going to have to buy my own oboe I was looking at the Barrington since that's pretty much all I can afford (If I ever get a job...) Would this be a wise discision?
I don't even play trumpet in marching band, I'm section leader of the mellophones and my two close friends both play oboe/mellophone. Even my friends bought me a flute for my birthday! Which I've become pretty good at!
Any advice or information would be great!
I played trumpet in 6th grade, switched to Baritone in 8th because of braces and played both Baritone and Oboe in High School. I still play both (as well as trumpet). I also learned clarinet and sax before oboe, so you would have to get used to the fingering on a woodwind instrument. Because you have to have a tight embouchure for both trumpet and oboe, I would think that would help; but playing a double reed is going to take some time, plus the intonation is difficult (you almost have to compensate on every note). I don't know if Barrington would be a good choice. A used, known name brand might be better (Yamaha, Fox). I bought a used Yamaha 411 from usedoboes.com and I really like it. The nice thing about usedoboes.com is that you can pay for shipping and try out different oboes before deciding on the one you want. If you go the ebay route, make sure there is a return policy and have someone that plays check it out (I bought my daughter's flute this way and it worked out great). A lot of times there are minor adjustments that can be made on an oboe with a screwdriver. In other words, you have to exhibit more patience with this kind of instrument, but it can really be a great experience
Oboe is a fantastic instrument! If your buying one buy a Fox or Loree instrument, if that isn't in your price range try a nice Yamaha Model. Reeds = money. You can buy reeds from a store but I would try to find a local oboe teacher to see if they can supply you with nice, neat, home made reeds. You can start making reeds too~ I switch from Sax to Oboe and I really like Oboe, I play on a student model Yamaha. Have fun on your Oboe ^_^.