Well I'm thinking of starting Oboe, I already play Piano to grade 6-7 standard, and Saxophone, I also know my way around the Flute and Clarinet.
I am wondering if anyone knows of any good teachers in the Sutton Coldfield area, But also where to find an oboe online or in store for a price which isn't stupidly expensive, I may wish to carry it onto a University/Conservatoire so I need a good one that will last for at least 5 years (I'm in year 12 at the moment).
I speak English English rather than American English so understand you!
First thing before entering the minefield of buying an oboe is to find your teacher then you will have someone who should be able to advise you & might even know of a suitable oboe.
As a repairer I fequently see instruments that have been bought without getting expert advice & the owners are understanbly upset when I have to tell them they bought a load of rubbish or an old instrument that does not have keywork systems that are acceptable these days.
I would suggest asking other players & the music staff at school about teachers; also the Birmingham Conservatoire might hold a list.
Two on line sites to look at: http://music-teachers.firsttutors.co.uk,
'...a price which isn't stupidly expensive'
I'm afraid that compared to flutes, clarinets & even saxes oboes are expensive.
There aren't many specialist double reed shops in UK - the major one being Howarth in London. Peter Davies (The Woodwind Workshop)in Huddersfield is also an oboe specialist - he doesn't appear to have a web site at the moment but phone is 01484 351900. You could also look at Crowther in Canterbury; Myatt in Hitchen; Dawkes Music, Maidenhead. Also I occasionally have used instruments for sale. (Currently I have ones by Buffet, Cabart & Kreul)
Thank you very much for your reply! I'm joining an orchestra with my Saxophone next Wednesday and I know they are hoping I can move onto a double reed, so if I have no luck in finding a teacher before then I shall speak with them about it!
The price I'm dreading, but nevermind, the Oboe is a wonderful instrument (When played correctly obviously ) It's also quite rewarding I've heard!
I just hope to progress quickly once I start, grade 8 piano is on the verge of ridiculous to play. And I'm not into doing grades on the Saxophone.