My 7th grade daughter has been playing Oboe since 4th grade. She has been using a school Oboe. However, her Oboe teacher (college student who specializes in Oboe) is selling her old Oboe. It's a Selmer 7379, I think. It's definitely a Semler. The numbers 7379 are in the wood of 2 of the 3 pieces. It is a wood oboe with what looks like silver plated keys.
According to her teacher, it has been banded (repaired). I can't see any cracks, etc and looks to be in decent shape.
I've been looking for the 7379 online, but can't find anything at all.
How much is it worth? I'm a band dad, not a band musician (played in the orchestra), so I don't know anything.
I appreciate any help you have for this lost band Dad
Re: Selmer 7379? 17:18 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
As far as I know, there is no model 7379 by Selmer that has been made in the last 25 years. I am guessing that the teacher's old oboe is REALLY old. As an instructor of the oboe, I do not recommend any instrument older than 10 years unless it is a top professional model because of the maintenance issues. I also do not recommend a wooden oboe for students younger than 11th grade because wooden instruments have the potential for more problems, especially under the care of a child.
Since your daughter has had the patience and passion to tolerate a poor quality student-level beginner instrument since the 4th grade, she deserves to get an intermediate-level instrument of good quality. These instruments are commonly referred to as "modified conservatory key system" oboes. (A full conservatory key system has a full set of keys that a professional needs.)
In my opinion, American brands like Selmer, Bundy, Linton, Larilee, etc. are poor quality for the money. Intonation and reliability are questionable. Cheap Asian brands (MeeLe, Ammoon, Jupiter, Tempest, TALLJO, Simonnet, etc.) are to be avoided as well because of the poor build quality and reliability.
Re: Selmer 7379? 17:21 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019