I just saw a “oboe for sale” entry at a photography site. It’s a Selmer oboe (ick!). They are asking $2800. Hmmm. Seems high, but maybe some Selmer’s are decent? I’ve not seen one that is, but that doesn’t really mean anything, right? The thing that really made me laugh was this:

It comes with a double case, several reeds, and a couple lesson books.

Would you want to play someone else’s who-knows-where-they’ve-been reeds? They might be wise to just nix the reeds, don’tcha think?

Or maybe I’m being silly. I’ve been that way before.

2 Comments

  1. Someone told me once that Selmer used to be a top manufacturer for oboes… not the most reliable source and I didn’t really get a time frame of when this would have been. It seems like my brother the geek (love my brother. has read all sorts of things about saxophones and some things overlap :) ) has told me that selmer has dropped in quality over the years.

    My perspective on what is “decent” is somewhat different than yours. I could pay about that much for a good student instrument and call it fair. I’m guessing most professionals would not be interested in that instrument, but if it were it would be priced somewhat higher. I mean, I’ve found in my own oboe shopping that I don’t really want anything less than 4k, which is too bad because I’m also shopping for a college and am not exactly rich, but oboes will do that. (heck, I’d love something a lot *more* than 4k, but as I said…)

  2. I’ve never heard or seen a Selmer oboe I liked.

    I’m not sure what you mean about “decent”, Miriam. Fill me in! (Remind me; where are you playing? Sorry … can’t remember all the folks who comment here so I’m not sure where you are coming from when it comes to the world of all things oboe.)