Oboe/Selmer Grenadilla Student Oboe
I have the possibility to purchase a used Selmer wooden student oboe for $800. I believe it is a model 1492 (possibly B). I was told it is a student model and I know there are no extra keys on the bell, just two holes on the side. I called someone from a local music store and he said he didn't believe that Selmer made student models in wood. The people selling it state that is is wood and our band teacher said the same. The oboe is about 15 years old. I have three questions.
1. Is that a fair price or should it (hopefully) sell for less?
2. There is a serial number on the top and middle piece, but not on the bell. It just says Selmer on the bell. Is that normal?
3. Would a student model be enough to use through high school or would we need more keys not found on the student model?
My child has played for three years and just started high school so I don't know if it is worth buying this oboe if it won't last through four more years. Also, when the band teacher tested it, he found out that when you play the forked F fingering, it does not sound the same as the regular F fingering. Playing forked F with the low pinky key helps the sound come out better. I'm not sure if that is an issue either. It is otherwise a clean instrument and the pads were fine.
Anything you can tell me would be great.
If I were you I would buy an oboe that has the full range if you need it to last for another four years.
There are advantages to having the limited range to bottom B only, one of them is weight for the younger player.
Frankly I would seek out an oboe which will serve for a longer period. If your chid has already played for three years I think it seems likely that he/she is interested and worth investing in an oboe of higher quality at this stage. The Selmer model you are thinking about would need to be replaced sooner rather than later - in my view anyway!
If you want advice about what to seek out do email me and I will give you ideas against your possible budget. That can be done privately if you wish. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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