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Hi and thanks ahead of time. My 6th grade daughter has been playing a student rental Yamaha 006523 for a year. Her cousin will give her a 20+ year old selmer B42455.
I suspect both are student, entry level... She states both play the same to her entry level ears.. Thoughts on either oboe? And advice on step up oboes for down the road?

Thank you for your question. You don't mention what model of the Yamaha you are renting; however the Yamaha brand is a better and more well regarded brand than the Selmer. If the Yamaha is providing you proper service; you will be wise to stick to the Yamaha oboe. You will need to evaluate how long you will want to rent an oboe vs. when to buy. Selmer is highly regarded as a maker of saxophones; but not oboes. Selmer oboes are not generally a brand requested by studio instructors on behalf of their students. Happy to follow up with you upon request. Best regards, hannah


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Hannah Selznick


I have the expertise to answer questions about all brands and models of oboes and English Horns. I will assist in providing information about the process of purchasing and selling an instrument. I know reputable oboe specialist repairmen to recommend. I give guidance on oboe and English Horn reeds. I offer guidance on maintenance and handling of oboes and English Horns and help owners troubleshoot instrument issues.


I have been an instructor of oboe and instrumental music for almost 40 years. I have taught all grade levels from preschool music to college oboe (double reed specialist)instruction. I perform with a professional symphony in the Phoenix area. I also have an active teaching studio. I love what I do, especially in regards to educating future generations of musicians.

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