I play professionally on a Laubin oboe and am thinking of buying a second oboe by a different maker. It is essential that the instrument be made to play at A-440. Are there certain makes to avoid? I was thinking of trying a Mariguax or Rigautot [sic]. Also, are you familiar with oboes made by Josef, and if so what can you tell me about their instruments?

Read what Geoffrey Bridge has to say in answer.


  1. I’m a little sad he didn’t mention the Yamaha. My prof is always rhapsodizing about its ability to play in tune.

  2. I’ve never seen a professional model Yamaha Ren. Do you own one? If so, fill me in … how do you like it?

    The only Yamaha oboes I’ve seen are student level instruments. I recommend Fox Renard and MCW over those; the metal seems to be awfully bendable!

  3. Hi Patricia, Forrests has some Yamahas. I’ve played some and have my feelings about them, but I’d prefer to discuss in private.

  4. Hey Cooper … it’s ME … Patty! Did you think it was someone else? I’m betting so! Dan set me up as “patricia” when I started this blog, and now I”m stuck with that.

    Or … hmmm … maybe I’m not! I’ll have to see if I can change that! :-)

  5. Okay … this is a test … I changed it … but will it change here? Let’s see …

  6. Ta-da! :-)

  7. Ta- DA! You’re Patty again! Actually, I don’t know why I wrote Patricia. Weird. I’m going nuts.

  8. Going? GOING, Cooper? Or gone?

    I know where I am … and it ain’t going. ;-)