A collection of golden oboes, probably unique in the world, is to be offered for sale through a dealer in South Australia.

The instruments belong to a discerning private collector and represent the very best craftsmanship from many of the leading manufacturers in the world. The seller, who prefers to remain anonymous but whose generosity we are told has been felt in many parts of South Australian musical life, is only keeping a very few top quality instruments which he intends to lend out and maybe pass down through the family.


… well, the keys are gold. I’ve never really cared about what my keys look like, but I suppose some are really attracted to gold.

I must admit, too, that I’ve never understood instrument collectors. I think instruments are meant to be used to make music.

Call me silly.


  1. Well, now they will be played. As I mentioned in the article, he is a very generous collector and his instruments have been loaned out on and off to people for years, there is still a Loree damore on loan and a Rigoutat out being played. It’s weird, having so many, but better to support oboe manufacturers if you have spare money than collect wine or cars maybe? We have a superb Marigaux 901 and a Red gold Josef still for sale… 🙂
    Celia Craig.

  2. These gold plated oboes were collected by a generous man, who used his money to support oboe manufacturers and lent out his collection of instruments to struggling students and players. They’ve not been used very much, but isn’t that a better story than using excess money if one is rich, to simply buy wine and drink it? In his youth he studied oboe with one of the world’s top players and has a genuine love of music. The oboes are being sold because of his terminal ill health. I thought you’d like to know more of the story, before you commented so quickly. You can view the oboes online at http://www.richardcraig.com.au
    Thanks. Celia Craig

  3. Oh I agree, Celia, and I wasn’t dissing this individual. It’s the ones who purchase instruments (seems to be mostly very expensive strings) and put them in a vault. That always makes me sad. I’m sorry if I offended you!