Hey everyone! So basically, I'm a flute player that has been longing to take up the oboe for many years. I've finally decided to go ahead and buy one for myself. I'm on a tight (college) budget, and this is only as a hobby. I know it's recommended to get a modified or full conservatory, but for right now I just need something affordable that I can learn the basics on. If I like it and I'm any good at it, I plan on buying something much nicer after I finish school. I would also rather not invest in an expensive instrument before I know if I will be any good at it. So.. my biggest question is brands. I've found a guy on eBay who restores oboes (yes I know, beware), and he has sold lots of oboes and has 100% positive feedback. He also has a nice return policy. Anyway, he has a Selmer Bundy, a Conn, a wood Linton, and an Armstrong. The Armstrong has mostly cork pads (is this preferable?) Any recommendations as far as wood/plastic or brand? Sorry for the long post, any input would be much appreciated.
Here's his store if you would like to take a look: http://myworld.ebay.com/hoittoboe/
Okay, so I haven't purchased anything yet, but found a Fox Renard 333 for $1250 locally. The seller will let me have it checked out for any issues. It looks fine to me, but I don't know oboes. Assuming it is in good condition, this seems like a good deal to me. Any thoughts?
Before buying any oboe I suggest you google- oboe bboard - this bulletin board is used by professional musicians, oboe repair technicians, instrument dealers etc. Ask there and you will get reliable expert advice.