06/10/2014

Oboe Summer Goals

Not going to a festival or studying privately, but want to up your musical game between the summer months?  What can you do on your own to improve your playing?  Grab a tuner, metronome, and one of these methods!  Challenge yourself with my picks for the top oboe method books for practice and self-teaching: Barret […]

05/12/2014

What to Know When Purchasing an Oboe

Thinking about purchasing a new or used oboe? Here’s a helpful guide to what to look for when shopping for that perfect oboe for you. Materials Wood is the typical material to make an oboe, with Grenadilla at the top of the list. More exotic, such as Cocobolo, Rosewood, and Violetwood are occasionally used for […]

05/08/2014

Fox Oboe Special

Looking for a Fox oboe?  We’re pleased to offer special pricing on all Fox model instruments!  You can now save $200 on all Fox oboes from the 333 Protege model through the Fox 800 professional model.  Call Jeff or Steven in the shop at 800.926.5587 about trial information and availability.  We can send up to any 3 […]

04/30/2014

How to Buy a Used Oboe

When it comes time to purchase an oboe, upgrade from your student model, or just find a back-up for your main instrument, buying a brand new oboe may not be financially feasible. We certainly understand the constraints attached to purchasing an instrument and we are proud to offer a wide selection of used oboes in all […]

04/18/2014

Spring Savings!

Just in time for the arrival of Spring in Minnesota, we’re offering up savings on Instruments, Bocals, and Accessories!  Check out our sale sections for oboe, bassoon, and single reeds for all of sale items! And don’t forget about our spring shipping rebate!  Now through May 31st, if you purchase an instrument from a trial […]

03/17/2014

A new selection of Lorees has arrived!

Just in time for the arrival of spring, we have a wide selection of brand new Loree Regular Royal and AK standard oboes in stock and ready for trials! These oboes are just in from Paris and have been set-up and play tested by our repair team and oboe specialists.  These are truly wonderful horns. […]

03/05/2014

Instrument Trial Shipping Rebate

Now through May 31st, 2014 we’re pleased to offer an instrument trial shipping rebate! We have a large selection of new and used oboes, bassoons, and clarinets in stock and if you purchase an instrument now through the end of May we’re please to refund your trial shipping costs on all standard ground shipping! Right […]

02/12/2014

Reeds and Weather

The weather in Minneapolis took an upward turn overnight last night. Our temperatures are now in double digits above zero for the first time in weeks! With a dramatic change in weather you might find a change in your reeds. I don’t know if anyone has come to any scientific conclusions on how reeds react […]

02/06/2014

Lorée and Rigotti Oboe Tube Cane

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of new batches of Rigotti and Lorée oboe tube cane!  Two of our most popular brands of tube cane, the Lorée and the Rigotti cane are extremely consistent from batch to batch and provide reeds with warmth and stability.  We find little variation between batches – most of the […]

01/30/2014

On Winter and Binding Keys

Those of us living here in the upper half of North America have been experiencing an unusually frigid winter. As a result, here in the repair shop we’ve been seeing some severe binding of keys and mechanisms with Grenadilla instruments. Wood is a natural fiber which will tend to “breathe” and either contract or expand […]

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