B&H ’78’ – £500

This oboe is made by the Selmer Company of America and is usually marketed under the ‘Bundy’ name. In the late ’70s, Boosey and Hawkes closed their factory in Edgware and imported various brands of oboe to make up their sales. This was one of their more popular ones.

The oboe is plastic bodied, which is excellent for the acoustics, and good for an entry level instrument as it does not need the care required by a wooden one. It is ‘covered-plate’ so is ideal for younger players who may find the finger-stretch of an oboe a little difficult at first. Like many American made items, this is well engineered and very reliable with good intonation and tone. The mechanism has had an untidy repair on the side Bb trill key at some point (not by my, I hasten to add), but this is purely cosmetic and does not affect the way that it plays or feels.