Oboe/Oboe Value


QUESTION: I have an oboe that I played for many years that was handed down to me.  It is stamped Moennig Bros. Philharmonic with a circled R and serial number 70 on the bell, 70 on the lower joint and 16870 on the upper joint.  It needs reconditioning (it has not been played in probably 12 years) but I am curious as to its value.  Thanks!

ANSWER: Gretchen, thank you for your note. I would appreciate having a photo of the oboe in its case to help ascertain its value. Thank you, hannah

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QUESTION: Of course, I should have included that originally.

Gretchen, thank you for the photo. I believe the oboe is worth around $1000 as long as the top joint bore is intact; and there are no major top joint cracks that would impair the value and function. When advertising the oboe, it is important to include what history you have and that the oboe will require servicing. Thank you for your question and photo. Sincerely, 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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