Best oboe brands for beginners – In this article I’m going to talk about how to choose an oboe for yourself or for your child if you’re choosing an oboe for the first time.
It’s a complex subject there’s a lot to talk about and I don’t think I can get to everything here.
I’ll start by saying the oboe is a complex instrument in general and nobody’s born knowing how to do this stuff.
So, where you start is with the need of the person who’s going to be playing.
If it’s somebody who’s playing for the very first time and they’re very young and you’re looking for something inexpensive – well oboe is unfortunately not an instrument that’s terribly inexpensive – but you probably will start with something that has a limited range of keys.
something that would be more of a student model. A student model might have all the regular keys but probably missing two essential keys.
The two keys are keys that would be essential for you to have for the oboe to be upgraded. That two keys would be the side F key and a low B flat key.
In the case of the student oboe, it is a very beginner oboe that has a hole where the local flat key would be.
You might easily find this hole on an beginner oboe and it’s literally for you to squeeze closed as you play and it will sound the lowest note.
On the more complex oboe you’ll find the additional side F key and the low B flat key which is actuated by your pin and goes all the way down on to the bell key.
Then, instead of just a single octave key and second octave key, it’ll have a third octave key. That’s really in my opinion not terribly essential.
So when you’re deciding what level of oboe that you want, please also think in terms of what happens when the oboe has finished its normal useful life for you.
If you’ve decided that you want to become Symphony oboe player or if your child decides that they’re going to go into surgery instead and you must buy scalpels for them then you’re going to be selling one of your beginning oboes.
So, looking for a major brand is a good idea. A brand such as Selmer, buffet or Yamaha. There are many others and I will make a list of those and put those in addition to this article, so you can look at those separately.
Laree, which is kind of the Rolls-Royce of the oboe world not necessarily a great place for a beginner to start but they have a high resale value.
Where as a student one made by an off-brand manufacturer won’t have a high resale value when it comes time to sell the instrument.
That is an important thing to have been thinking about in advance. So, in addition to the instrument’s worth, you are also wanting to be aware of its condition.
Conditions can vary widely on used instruments. If you’re buying used which is often a good way to start as a beginner, then you do want to be aware of whether the instrument is cracked or not.
Wooden oboes can crack, and it’s not the end of the world but it’s something to be concerned about.
Generally, cracks don’t affect the way the oboe will play but they are aesthetically not very appealing and if left, it can distrainable eventually.
Plastic oboes make it possible for you to avoid this situation entirely. Meanwhile the wood oboes generally sound a lot better and are usually the choice of most oboe players.
We are often asked by parents whether a used oboe and older oboe is blown out or not.
The phrase blown out refers to the sound changing because the oboe is older.
Think about it, we are putting warm moisture through a what potentially could be a cold tiny little bore size right through the middle of the instrument and that eventually is going to cause some changes in that instrument.
It’s hard to say whether an instrument is blown out or not. It’s all a matter of whether it sounds good to you.
There is a lot of information on the Internet and some of it is very valuable and some of it Is questionable.
When you’re finding answers to your questions by searching through Google just be aware that some people’s opinions are very strong but may not actually be helpful to you.
So getting a second opinion is always a great idea.
Oboes are complex beasts and they require upkeep year-to-year. If you’re buying a used one and it’s in good condition, it’s been kept up well then you might expect that every year you would want to have it brought to an oboe technician and have it cleaned and oiled.
In some cases, it could be two to three years in between. It’s not going to affect the oboe terribly much.
Unless you live directly up by the ocean or if you live in a very dry climate in which case there are all kinds of products for maintaining your oboe and
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