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Bundy Oboe
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So I have been thinking about learning to play the oboe for awhile. I am yet to track down a teacher but there is an opportunity for me to purchase a Bundy oboe (I don't know the model number-picture attached).

It is being sold for about 210 pounds ($320 AUD). Assuming that there is no damage or cracking is this a reasonable price to pay for this kind of oboe and is this a good oboe to begin on?

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Hi Caitlin

Best of luck with your wish to play the oboe. Well done you!

The Bundy is a perfectly good oboe for your task. They are made by Selmer in the USA and are similar to other Selmer models intended for intermediate use. The range is a slightly limited by not having the bottom B flat but that needn't worry you just yet.
The price is good if it works well and DO get it checked by a player if you can, then go for it. In the uK an oboe of this type would sell for a bit more than that. Possibly up to 400 - 450. The good thing is that you could sell it on when/if you decide to go for something more advanced.

Best wishes

Geoffrey

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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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St Andrews University Royal College of Music, Aberdeen College of Education Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music General Teaching Council certificate Broadcast solo recitals/performed with major symphony orchestras/Music Club recitals/writings on double reed matters

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Chairman and Trustee of the British Double Reed Society International Double Reed Society Association Hautbois Francais Orchestral Manager of Southern Pro Musica Orchestra/Aberdeen Sinfonietta

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Double Reed News/Australasian Double Reed Society magazine/International Double Reed Society

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LRAM, Cert Ed

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