Hi everyone! I am new to the site and an amateur oboe player. I am currently playing on a cheap wooden Selmer. Yuck! I would like to try out for a local symphony, and would like an oboe with more keys, and a richer sounding tone. I've been saving up for quite awhile and would like to purchase a professional oboe in the next few months. However, I'm not sure what oboe to buy. I would be willing to spend a max of $7,500.
I've heard wonderful things about Loree AK and Covey oboes. According to Peter Hurd, (http://oboes.us/resources/makers.html) newer Loree AK oboes have a poorer quality grain and prone to crack. Has anyone else encountered this? Should I avoid a Loree? As for Covey, has anyone played a new Covey oboe recently? Would you recommend it? I've read that Covey bells sound amazing.
Do y'all have any other oboe brands you would recommend? Why?
My best suggestion would be to acquire a "classic" Loree oboe (standard bore), made before the J series (avoid F, and G series though). I would be happy to assist in your "oboe quest," whether you happen to purchase an instrument from me or not.
Please contact me: Peter Hurd email@example.com 800-419-5912 10-6 Pacific Time
With very best wishes,
Hi - I have a Loree and I've extremely happy with it. The tone is beautiful and it hasn't had too many problems. (I did need to have a very small crack repaired two years ago). That said, I live in Minnesota and my instrument needs to put up with the weather. I'd recommend trying a few different instruments. There's a company called Midwest Musical Imports - http://www.mmimports.com that offers a free week trial on instruments. They are located in Minneapolis but they ship all over. MMI also has a very extensive collection of hand made reeds, reedmaking supplies, instrument repair, new & used instruments, etc. The staff is great - very knowledgeable and pragmatic. If you call them talk to Steven or Jeff to setup an oboe trial. Good luck!
Thank you for your advice. I tried about 4 or 5 oboes(new and used)at a local music store. I ended up buying a used Loree oboe. It was really great to try different brands and models. I was able to hear subtle differences in sounds. The Loree I bought was perfect, easy to control dynamics and had a sweet smooth sound, and adjusted by professionals (it was like a new oboe!). Thank you all for the advice. For anyone else looking to buy a oboe. Try out several before making a purchase. I'm really glad I did.