Our goal at Magic Reed is to present best in category used oboes to serious players within our community. We keep our inventory small and targeted- and this is a good thing. We seek an optimal intersection of quality, age, condition in any oboe we sell. We never buy an oboe we would not be willing to keep for our own use. Every oboe is professionally serviced by a master technician to bring them to concert ready condition. They are also evaluated for merit before pricing. An oboe reed subscription is offered free with full price sales.
We welcome consultations, and will help you navigate the market if we do not have what you want here.
Trial periods are available.
This is a rare opportunity to own a used 2008 Dupin Imperial Oboe. It is revered in the industry as the "Lamboghini" of oboes. This oboe is made with a synthetic top joint and grenadilla body with a third octave key. It has a look all its own, and is blessed with a baroque oboe overtone for a rich, dark musical experience. It's best home will be found with an elite professional, who: is sure of him/herself musically; produces a beefy reed; and who enjoys an active professional life where these attributes are most valued.
The oboe was given a full $2,000 overhaul by Dupin in 2018 and is in great playing condition. No known history of cracks. This instrument sells for $15,000 new. $9500.
Trial periods are available.
Great oboe with a beautiful dark tone, extra seasoned wood, and gold well, rings and posts. This has all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a Loree, including left hand F and C + 3. It is in great condition. I has a small hairline crack in a trill hole (very common) that has been expertly repaired, and is virtually undetectable. This is from the SZ series and was purchased new in 2013. $8400.
"cR+3-125" Full conservatory plateau system
Grenadilla wood – silver-plated keys
All trill keys – 3rd octave key
Forked F resonance key
Left hand F key
Low B flat resonance key
Special features of the ROYAL 125 Oboe:
Includes the special features of the ROYAL Oboe, and also:
Large gold-plated reed well
High D facilitator
10-year dried grenadilla wood
Gold-plated rings and posts
Laubin turned out some of their best oboes in the early 90s, and this is no exception. It comes in perfect, even pristine condition. The Rosewood hue speaks to extremely light use. Keyword shows no signs of wear, and there is no history of cracks. Paul Laubin gave it a once over, and declared it in perfect condition with little to do. It has a sweet, penetrating tone that professionals love for orchestral play because it reaches the back of the music hall.
"Laubin oboes are truly handmade. Every part of the key mechanism is essentially custom-fit to the body of the instrument. The wood is aged for at least ten years, exposed to the outside air, so that it will be ready to endure both outdoor summer concerts and drafty orchestra pits. The keys are heavily silver-plated and hand-burnished for beauty and durability. A synthetic liner in the upper joint helps to prevent cracking and extend the life of the oboe. The bore, undercutting, and tone-hole placement have been perfected over eight decades. We worry about all the little details so that you don’t have to; instead, you can focus on making music." Paul Laubin
Rare opportunity to own a new/old stock (open box) Laubin Rosewood Oboe at a bargain price. This oboe has simply not been played, only put together for my testing, and returned to its case to keep it in new condition. The best test for prior use is the color of the Rosewood. It only takes occasional use over a couple of months to darken its color. This has not happened. The corks had never even been greased. It plays beautifully, as one would expect from a Laubin. Full break-in period per Laubin protocol is needed. New Rosewoods go from $14,000-17,000 depending where they are purchased, and there is a 10 year waiting list. My price is $12,500.
The Howarth S45c is a graduate model, designed for the diploma level players. It is not a student oboe. It is in excellent condition, with light use. It is made with a bore that is thicker than any of the lower models, and is more consistent with the S50c or XL models that sells for a lot more. This bore produces a dark and rich tone. I have owned an XL, find the tone of this oboe is nearly or fully comparable. It may even be a better value for the money. This is a great choice for a serious oboist of any age who intend to keep their oboe through college. $3500
We are especially interested in Laubin's manufactured in the early 90s or later
We seek Loree oboes from the 1990's or later.
We are happy to talk to you about your Howarth, Marigaux, Fox, Hiniker or other oboes of merit. We offer fair prices based on condition and demand.