Oboes, like all woodwinds, are members of a very large family tree that has its roots as far back as the middle ages. The oboe's branch of this tree started with an instrument called the "shawm," which the French named the "hautbois." That translates to "high wood," a term which pretty accurately describes the oboe's role in an orchestra. Composers in the Baroque and Classical periods featured the oboe heavily in their work, laying the foundation for its continued popularity today. Whether you're a beginner deciding which instrument you'd like to try or an experienced player in need of an upgrade, one of the oboes in this section could be just what you're looking for.
The key to finding the best oboe for you is to search within your skill level. If you're a beginner, for instance, the right instrument will be one that fits into your budget and is easy to care for and play. If you want your first oboe to last you until well into your playing career, consider an intermediate-level model like the Selmer Model 122F Intermediate Oboe or the Bulgheroni Student Oboe. Instruments in this class are affordable to the beginner musician, made with resilient materials, and designed for consistent tone to make learning a breeze.
If you're a more advanced student or a professional oboist, the range of options is even wider. Here you can find all sorts of world-class instruments such as the Buffet Crampon 3613 Professional Oboe, Fox Model 400 Professional Oboe and the Bulgheroni Professional Model Oboe D'Amore. These finely-crafted oboes are ready to take the stage with you whether you're part of a small woodwind group or a large symphony orchestra.
So don't be afraid to have discerning tastes; an instrument is a big choice to make, and you deserve to have the perfect fit for your experience level and playing style. With the lineup of oboes available right here, finding that perfect fit is a piece of cake: just use the filters to narrow down your options, check out some of the best-selling and top-rated models, and get ready to take the next step on your musical journey.