Hi my name is Sergio Bulgheroni, I made oboe Bulgheroni, Can I receive a information?.
I known Ben Storch, he bought my oboe.
Mr Alan Hollander, he sold my Oboe. Oboe Bulgheroni with the trademark Gordet.
Do you know Alan Hollander?
I hope in your answer.
See you soon.
By Sergio Bulgheroni.

Hi Sergio

I am in the UK and sorry that I do not know much about Alan Hollander.
I think he is a small oboe maker who buys in oboes from makers such as Bulgheroni and sells them on.

I answered a question in 2009 about this matter and here is a copy of it.

Hello Michelle

As I am from the UK I do not have a huge knowledge of the smaller oboe makers of America although I have some.
Oboe makers world wide are few in number and I do know for sure that Alan Hollander sold on the Gordet brand. I have a feeling that he sourced oboes from other makers (stencil oboes) variously from France (Cabart & Malerne), Germany (Kreul), Italy, (Bulgerhoni), so I can agree with your correspondent quoted above. There is usually a mark which has the country of origin on it ... somewhere on its surface.

Now making an oboe does take a long time and before the computerised mechanisation of many of the processes hand work take ages. Keys were cut from sheets of nickel silver, the soldering togther had to be well done and the finishing all hand done. After that the silver plating had to usually contracted out as this is a horrible process which needs specialised equipment. All in all a very time consuming task. This is why there is always a long waiting list for such hand made instruments. Laubin in the USA is such a company. Howarth in the UK used to be like this too until the early seventies. They can only make a relative few in a year.  

I understood that Alan Hollander did make some oboes himself but to cope with demand imported from various suppliers who had bigger engineering concerns and were able to supply him. I  think that the keywork does look very like Bulgheroni, a company that supplied many other woodwind traders with oboes. There is a design to them which as they are more mass produced always have similarities. There is nothing wrong in this as it helps a maker turn round more instruments if he buys in ready made parts. It is the bore, the finishing of the tone holes and assembly which puts the stamp on the finished oboe.

I think you should sell the instrument as an Alan Hollander made Gordet stamped oboe and leave it at that.

Alan is still around try contacting him on the Hofstra University website.: http://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/MUSIC/music_faculty.html

Look for his staff paragraph as shown below.

Alan Hollander (Oboe)
(516) 463-7028
120 New Academic Building
Hofstra University
E-mail | Bio

Best wishes
and if I can help further let me know.



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