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Author: fromsfca 
Date:   2019-01-03 06:56

I first started buying from WWBW in the mid-90s.

At that time, they had a brick and mortar store in South Bend, or Elkhart and I was looking to replace my clarinet. They sent me 6 to try over two weeks. Their wind specialists were indeed, wind specialists: primarily graduates in music performance majoring in sax, or clarinet or flute or oboe.

I don't recall when, but it seems to be 5 plus years ago, WWBW was bought by the same conglomerate who also owned Guitar Center, Musicians Friend and perhaps other guitar oriented web sites.

Gone was the brick and mortar store. Gone was the wind specialists. Gone was the wide range of instruments and gone was anything approaching a full service orchestral/band store.

I still buy clarinet and sax reeds from them...and an occasional swab, or to replace a case...and find the majority of what they offer is more oriented to school music.

For oboes, I look to Midwest Musical Imports in Minneapolis (two guys on staff are professional oboe players), or Carlos in Indianapolis, who adjusts my Loree every year. I have never dealt with Hannah (of Hannah's oboes fame) so I have no opinion. I would also reach out to Peter at oboes.us, who has oboes he sells, though will frequently keep the best players for himself). MCW, Forrests and RDG are all oboe makers/players who sell instruments they know how to play or build (fun fact: I use to buy bassoon cane personally from Bob Gilbert 40 years ago).

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