Oboe/Unknown Oboe


QUESTION: Hello. I purchased an oboe a few months ago and I've been trying to find out the year it was made and the value. I have gone to countless stores to see if they would know but they did not. I was told it was in great condition for the age it looked. The serial is AM86. Any help would be graciously accepted. Thank you

ANSWER: Thanks for your note. If the oboe is a Loree; then it was manufactured around 1943. I hope it is working okay for you, and that you didn't pay too much. If you have any additional questions, or want to send a photo, please do. hannnah

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QUESTION: yes. it is a Loree. Do you have an idea of how much it is worth?

A Loree in the A series could be worth a few hundred dollars to a thousand or so depending on the condition. Oboes of that vintage are quite fragile; the silver is soft, and if the oboe doesn't have the left hand F key; it is less desirable for a student's use. The bore condition also affects the value. The older instruments of that age tend to play a bit sharp due to the smaller bore design of the time and the aging of the wood. Any cracks, and the extent of the repairs may have a negative effect on value. Thanks for checking in. 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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