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 Buying a used Wiener Oboe
Author: LT125 
Date:   2022-05-22 19:12

I am a huge fan of the Viennese oboe and would really love to get one. I've been trying for a while now, without success. My maximum budget is 3000 € for an instrument in playing condition, but it can also need work if it's cheaper (I know old Zulegers were sold for 800-2000 € online in the past). Does anyone have any idea where I could get one? I already tried contacting a few people in Austria and abroad - oboists, repair techs and even old instrument dealers, without success. The closest I've gotten was a person from Vienna selling a newer Rado model, but it was double my budget.
As for new instruments, the cheapest are Guntram Wolf which cost a little over 5000 € and with a waiting time of 2 years.

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 Re: Buying a used Wiener Oboe
Author: LT125 
Date:   2023-01-27 00:45

I managed to find one I could afford! It took over a year of active searching but now I have it and I am super happy.

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 Re: Buying a used Wiener Oboe
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2023-01-28 01:54

Also be on the lookout for a used Yamaha YOB-804, 804H or 805 if you can't find a Zuleger or similar Viennese oboe. I've only ever seen one in the flesh which was in Bill Lewington's shop in London back in the late '80s and it didn't sell until the late half of the '90s.


Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: Buying a used Wiener Oboe
Author: LT125 
Date:   2023-04-23 12:50

Sorry for the late reply. The YOB-804 is actually the model I purchased and I love it. Sure, it's quite old, but still a great instrument. I'm not a professional so it really wouldn't make sense to buy an instrument better than that...

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 Re: Buying a used Wiener Oboe
Author: Sylvia09 
Date:   2023-07-13 16:27

In my opinion, Finding a Viennese oboe within your budget can be a challenging task, as these instruments are not as widely available as other oboe types.

Post Edited (2023-07-14 09:13)

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