Yamaha Oboe in good condition, with hard case, three reeds (of unknown quality), cleaning swab and cork grease. Plastic body with silver plated keys. Pads and cork in good shape. The number 004864 is embossed on the body. Was given to my son by a relative, but he never really played it.

No. No. No.

Just NO.

I saw the images. Um … used reeds? I think not! Oboe without the left F and low B-flat. Why bother? Well … except for a lamp stand!


  1. Well, the question is, “how much”? For the right price, this could be useful to an impecunious beginner.

  2. My issue is that it took me YEARS to accept left F and I’m still not as comfortable as my students are, because I demand they get an oboe with it immediately. I’m pretty annoying about this one!

  3. So you started without left F? I have student who actually had an ancient Loree WITHOUT the left F, and he is very awkward about using it now that he has a better instrument.

  4. Yes, my first oboe had no left F. It haunts me to this day. That’s why I’m insistent about it!

  5. Kathryn Parlet

    Would is it best to start on an intermediate oboe?

  6. More important than the label “intermediate” is an oboe with the left F, the low B flat and one of a decent brand. There are some that simply aren’t worth renting/purchasing. Fox Renard or Yamaha are good to begin with … as long as they have those keys!

  7. Kathryn Parlet

    Are there any other brands you would recommend? What about something like this:

  8. Could you fill me in, Kathryn? I can’t click on that link … when I scroll over it it just shows “server error”. What brand is it?