Oboe/Hawkes oboe


Hawkes oboe
Hawkes oboe  
I was given this old oboe years ago and totally forgot about it.  I have time now to try and learn a new instrument and I was wondering if you could tell me if it is actually worth having serviced as I don't know if older instruments deteriorate with lack of use.  It is a Hawkes & Son, London, RMB, 79, 3028

Thank you for your time,


Dear Joanne

Thank you for asking me about this instrument.

From the photograph though I see that it is in fact a clarinet and not an oboe so you had better try a clarinet specialist as I have no real knowledge of the value of old clarinets.

All the best with your search



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Professional oboist with many years experience. Former pupil of Leon Goossens. Solo artist for Arts Council of Great Britain. Freelance recitalist/broadcasting/orchestras. Former Head of woodwind teaching in Hampshire, England. Questions on repertoire, playing styles, reeds, cane selection and processing.


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