Date: 2021-06-29 02:20
For an oboe to cost under $1,000 new is the first red flag for me. I have not found one that didn't have serious flaws in pitch, response, tone, scale, or adjustability.
The other thing that's strange is that the Rochix seems to be made of redwood, which likely gives it a very soft and non-projecting tone...rendering it almost useless for playing in an orchestra or band because of lack of projection.
I believe that these "short-reach" instruments are designed for elementary schoolers who will play buzzy honky reeds and eventually grow into a real instrument. As a result, the instrument's tone and scale are not as important as the compromise for reach.
Bay Area, California