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I know very little about oboes. There is Loree oboe for sale here. It's from 1957 , looks very good with no cracks, but needs an overhaul. Is a 50 year old oboe considered a little long in the tooth? The price is $1200. Is this a deal worth considering?

Thanks in advance, Greg
 

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Is it full conservatory system? Side F key? Consider that Loree changed the bore at some point, and the earlier models with a lighter "French" sound are no longer so much in vogue (or at least were not when I last played oboe seriously about 30 years ago). Buy Loree is one of the top brands of pro oboe, and if the keywork and body are in good shape that is certainly a good price. It wouldn't hurt to have someone in the know play it, since they vary quite a bit from one to another.

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Bear in mind that the overhaul may cost you $900-1200 US with an oboe repair specialist. Ask the seller if you can send the oboe to a repair person to get an estimate for repair costs before you commit to buying.

The oboe in overhauled condition should fetch around $2500-3000 if you re-sell it.

I have a Loree from the 1930's that plays VERY nicely. Great tone and intonation simply because it was made by hand.

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My Loree is a DB from 1974. It needs to be full conservatory with a side F key. I got mine in 1978 for $1000. Check www.mcfarlanddoublereed.com for current values. Oboe overhauls are expensive, and very few local repairmen will touch them, if you would even let them.
 

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It needs to be full conservatory with a side F key.
Side F does NOT a Full Conservatory make!

I have 2 Modified oboes in my house. BOTH have side F keys. One is a Bulgheroni Student, the other is a RIEC I picked up for a mere $400. Fully serviced and ready to play.

Oboe techs are NOT that hard to find. Any music store that handles school repair contracts or services a local symphony will have one. With the "Oboe Doctor" at Meyer Music in Grand Rapids MI, a repad and adjustment starts at $300. He is the guy that the Grand Rapids Symphony uses. The Dude is a MASTER.
 

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I would have to ship mine from Nashville. We have a metropolitan area of 1.5million and an NFL team. I would have to ship mine to a larger city like Chicago, insure it, and be without it. I have to beg my local repaiman to adjust mine and that is about all he does. He repairs all of Metro Nashville's school instruments and is in my opinion the most qualified in town... he can tighten up a VI. My last oboe overhaul was 350.00 from Sam Gordon in Chicago 28yrs ago. With inflation, that's expensive in today's dollars...a house note or close to it.

Peter Bowman in St Louis plays a Laubin. Most everyone else plays on Loree's. But what sounds good is what really matters. We don't have any Oboe doctors down here...hard to even find a good Mahler recording.
I apologize for not knowing what "full conservatory" technically means, but I'm a damn good reed maker;)
 

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michael, in my ongoing adventure of selling my KING Marigaux I have found a fellow over in Knoxville by the name of Bruce McCall. He is an oboe repairman and may be highly qualified according to all that I have seen on the web about him. I have yet to speak with him but you may want to check him out.


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I would have to ship mine from Nashville. We have a metropolitan area of 1.5million and an NFL team. I would have to ship mine to a larger city like Chicago, insure it, and be without it. I have to beg my local repaiman to adjust mine and that is about all he does. He repairs all of Metro Nashville's school instruments and is in my opinion the most qualified in town... he can tighten up a VI. My last oboe overhaul was 350.00 from Sam Gordon in Chicago 28yrs ago. With inflation, that's expensive in today's dollars...a house note or close to it.

Peter Bowman in St Louis plays a Laubin. Most everyone else plays on Loree's. But what sounds good is what really matters. We don't have any Oboe doctors down here...hard to even find a good Mahler recording.
I apologize for not knowing what "full conservatory" technically means, but I'm a damn good reed maker;)
 

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Stretch said:
I know very little about oboes. There is Loree oboe for sale here. It's from 1957 , looks very good with no cracks, but needs an overhaul. Is a 50 year old oboe considered a little long in the tooth? The price is $1200. Is this a deal worth considering?

Thanks in advance, Greg

You're close enough to Toronto that you should take the instrument to Gary Armstrong's shop and ask him to assess it.

Oboe overhauls are not cheap, so it wouldn't surprise me if you ended up spending the the purchase price again getting it put in shape.

For the money, you'd be better off finding a used Fox Renard 330 plastic oboe. They play really well, and no worries about cracking.
 
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