Does anybody know anything about the Tempest Professional Oboe by Agility Winds? It is
described as a composite of Grenadilla Wood and Resin Body, Silver Plated Forked F Resonance Key, Side F Key, 3rd Octave key, Low Bb Vent,G#-A trill, and articulated B-C# mechanism. The specs looks nice, but I am concerned with how it will play and how it will hold up.
I've never heard of them. However, if you're looking in the ~$2,000 price range, I'd probably recommend looking at used Fox oboes or possibly a new Howarth. I suggest buying from dealers like Carlos Oboe ( http://www.carlosoboe(dot)com/ - sorry for using the dot in there and it being unclickable, but I don't have enough points and am circumventing the system) or Midwest Musical Imports. I've also known people who really liked Hannah's Oboes. Her website is just awful and stuck in the 90s, but she's a really nice lady. Carlos is my favorite dealer, and he's just a great guy all around. Definitely send your oboe in to him for any tune ups or anything.
Even if you can't find anything on Carlos's website in your price range (I didn't see much there right now), you should try calling him to see if he has anything coming in or would be willing to let something go for a bit less. He and his wife are really amenable and willing to help out. I recently bought a new Bulgheroni from him for $3000, which I've really been enjoying. If you're willing to go up in price a little bit, a new (don't get a used one, as their older oboes are really awful. Their new ones are designed differently, and are essentially the MCW quality oboe) Bulgheroni would be a great choice as well.