Student-Level Oboes

Starting a musical journey with a reliable, quality instrument is the key to a successful experience. Meyer Music offers brand-name student-level oboes as rent-to-own, matching teacher preferences with accessories included.

Step-Up Oboes

As a player progresses, their instrument should match their growing skills. A student-level oboe is a great way to start a musical journey and a Step-Up oboe will take a player even further.

Meyer Music offers an array of high-end oboe brands, including Yamaha, Selmer, and Fox.  As Michigan’s only Shokunin Yamaha dealer, their premier level, we also provide access to a wide range of advanced Yamaha options.

What is the difference?

MaterialKey SystemFeaturesDesign
Student oboes are made of resin, making them lighter, more durable, and more affordable.

Step-Up oboes feature black Grenadilla wood elements to boost projection and create a richer, darker sound.

Student oboes feature a pared down keywork system, designed for beginners.

Step-Up oboes feature a “modified conservatory key system” with additional keys: the left hand F, an F resonance key, an articulated B-C# mechanism, and low Bb key.

Student oboes have standard components needed for solid and reliable performance.

Step-Up oboes feature smaller tone holes which allow sound pressure to flow to the end of the oboe, creating its unique tone.

Student oboes are specifically designed for beginners to build foundational skills while Step-Up oboes are designed for intermediate players to play through their high school years.

Selecting your Oboe

Stepping up to the next level of oboe is a big decision and at Meyer Music we want to ensure that you make the best and most informed choice for your musical goals.

We carry intermediate oboes at all Meyer locations– visit us to experience the sound. We also offer personalized consultations with our instrument experts to help guide you through the process.

Oboe Consultations

Our oboe consultant, Sue Burel, is available for consultation appointments during which she can answer your questions, guide you through test-playing, and advise on the technical elements of the instruments. Sue has over 45 years of experience playing oboe and has taught privately for over 30 years.

Consultation Request Form