1. USA Horn (Union) 908-245-4080
2. K& S Music (Berkeley Hts) 908-790-0400
3. City Music Center (Kenilworth) 908-245-7122
4. Metropolis Music (Jersey City) 201-222-8441
I would call first. Honestly, I doubt any of these places will have an oboe or EH for sale. (Some might have an oboe to rent, but nobody rents and EH.) I grew up in NJ and one time I walked into a musical instrument store and asked the guy if he had any English horns for sale, and he said he didn't know what an English horn was.
I think your best bet is to go into Manhattan and check out the instrument stores there. They have 'em for sure there. And when you call the above places, they're probably going to tell you the same thing. Good luck.
"I think your best bet is to go into Manhattan and check out the instrument stores there. They have 'em for sure there."
Actually, that isn't entirely true...I've lived here going on thirteen years, and very, very rarely have I ever seen a professional-quality oboe just sitting in a shop, and maybe once or twice an English horn. Rod Baltimore's shop on 48th has some extremely old and hideously overpriced oboes and an EH or two in not-so-great shape, but absolutely nothing I would ever play in any kind of serious setting, and CERTAINLY not at those prices. Sam Ash and Rayburn will occasionally have a student or intermediate model laying around, but I wouldn't bank on it.
We did have OboeWorks for a while, but that is now gone.
If you are serious about purchasing a quality double-reed instrument, your best bet really is to utilize the online presences of the double reed specialist shops in the country (Midwest Musical Imports, Mark Chudnow, Weber Reeds, WWBW, McFarland Double Reeds, Covey Oboes, Carlos Coelho, Hannah Selznick, and a couple others), and if you aren't within driving distance, have things sent to you for trial. They all do it, and it's really the only way you're going to get to try a fair selection of good quality instruments.
are you looking for a particular instrument? There are a few Sam Ash Music stores in Jersey and the company has 48 stores at their disposal who might have what you are looking for. They can always get something shipped in if it's available at another store.
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