Top 5 things to remember when choosing your first oboe for your child

January 25th, 2013by admin

Choosing your first oboe for your childMaking the right choice for your first oboe will enhance the enjoyment of playing and encourage practice. These tips for buying your first oboe will help you select one that puts you on the path to musical success.

1. Collaborate with an Oboe Professional (Or a music instructor if you do not have access to an oboist)

Request information from a skilled oboist/instructor BEFORE you purchase or rent your first oboe. Becoming informed and knowledgeable at the beginning of the process will increase your ability to locate the best quality instrument at a good value. If possible, have the oboist play test the oboe(s) and explain the attributes of the individual instrument(s).

2. A Well-Made Oboe Will Provide a Genuine Learning Experience

The first oboe needs to be practical and dependable. Consider a well-made plastic oboe. First time oboe players require time to develop embouchure, breath support, and performance skills which affect tone quality. There may not be a direct benefit by selecting a wood oboe. Quality oboes by Loree, Fox, Howarth, Yamaha and Fossati offer a variety of models in all plastic, plastic top, plastic lined top and all wood. The goal is to keep the oboe in the hands of the player, and out of the repair shop.

3. Purchase vs. Renting

Compare and shop for a value-priced quality instrument that can easily be resold or traded-in when the player outgrows the first oboe. Long term rental agreements may limit your step-up oboe choices.

4. The First Oboe Should be Age and Feature Appropriate for the Player

To properly fit a player for the first oboe, request a side by side evaluation of several manufacturers’ oboes and models. Look for a proper hand size fit (especially for the right hand D KEY), as well as matching the blowing resistance of the oboe to the capabilities of the player. Consider the weight of the oboe on the right hand – especially important for the first oboe. A professional oboist/instructor can guide you on the correct model level (simplified, modified, or full conservatory systems) for the specific player.

5. Consider a Used Oboe

A high-quality oboe that has been lightly used and regularly maintained by an oboe repair specialist might be more cost effective than a new oboe of lesser quality.

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