EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS & MAINTENANCE
Although student models can be less expensive, I have been advised by multiple experts that it is best for students to start on a professional model oboe so that they have all the keywork available. Student models are usually missing the low Bb key and the left F key. It is best to learn on a model that has all the necessary keys from the beginning.
Other consideration involve purchasing a plastic or wooden oboe. Wooden oboes are more sensitive to temperature and humidity changes and require more care.
Josef BGS- 1 or 2
Josef MGS- 1 or 2
Loree 125th model
Swab the instrument after playing.
Pro tip: Do not pull a weighted swab all the way through the instrument. It can damage the pads and/or key work. Instead use a triangle swab that you pull back and forth through the instrument and then out the bell again or better yet, use a feather. You can find them easily in a craft store.
Polish and dust under the keys.
Make necessary adjustments on screws.
To order an adjustment chart from Supremo, email
Every three months
Send instrument to an oboe specialist