Okay, so I am an intermediate oboist and am planning on majoring in the instrument during my bachelor's of music degree. In the past I have played on a selmer, linton, and god awful bundy student models. I am currently looking to buy an intermediate oboe and from my research as I understand some Yamahas, Fox, MCW, Rigoutat, Howarth, and Fossati are all brands with a good rep. Basically, my ideal oboe is one that is pretty standard, has a good tone, and is good value. I cannot afford the Laubin's, higher Buffet's, etc. but am hoping to get a decent oboe for a good price, that isn't fancy but still makes a quality sound and is standard to play. Any thoughts?
Re: Oboe Make/Model Recommendations? 13:13 on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The best bang for your buck is the Fox 330 or Yamaha 441, both intermediate level horns but with low Bb and LH F keys. This is the minimum instrument that would serve you through college and into the world as a semi-professional player or a professional doubler. If the price is out of your range, check out the Fox 333, which has a mechanism very similar to the Fox 330. Generally, the Fox runs a little higher than the Yamaha, though I consider the horns comparable. There are lots of other instrument names out there, many of them good, but you could buy one of these and know you're getting a good horn. Others become choices of personal preference. For a full "professional-level" horn, I am partial to Loree, but at this level it really becomes a matter of personal taste and playing style. (Nothing beats the tone quality of a Loree with "ring" in the sound, IMHO.)
Re: Oboe Make/Model Recommendations? 13:16 on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Actually, I should add that Howarth makes a nice mid price-range horn, too. Some people are really big on Howarth. The one's I've tried are very nice, but the upper end can get pricey, as can they all!