Here's a message for oboe players. What instrument do you have? I played oboe for several years as a child, and even got to orchestra level. Unfortunately, I outgrew the instrument the school was lending, and it was too expensive at the time to upgrade to a decent instrument. I am told that you need to pay out a minimum of £1,300 pounds to get a "decent" instrument. Is this so? There are several well known makers in France ( Paris to be more exact) but the prices are astronomical. I look foward to hearing from you.