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 Re: opinions on yamaha 441 wanted
Author: WoodwindOz 
Date:   2013-01-13 20:15

I played the Yamaha 441 compared to the Fox 300/400/450 and the Patricola student/intermediate models at the Midwest Clinic recently, all after one another with the same reed. My gut said that the Yamaha is well built, but just didn't feel as 'oboe-y' as the others. It didn't feel as stable pitch-wise, either, but perhaps that was just the one I was playing. I would be happy with the plastic version as a back-up/outdoor oboe, but I'm not so sure I would want it to be my main oboe. I think there are better oboes out there for similar money.

Patricola gets mixed reviews, but as value for money as an intermediate model, they felt pretty good. Bulgheroni intermediate models are also good value and well regarded.

I think your best bet is to buy a used well-built oboe from a reputable oboe seller for similar money. Peter Hurd (heckelmaniac) is likely to have something to suit you well.

I went through a similar thing about 3 years ago, though with a slightly higher budget, and while I was advised at the time by local players to 'just purchase a new intermediate model', I have never regretted the fact that I went the used professional route.

Good luck!


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