On this page we answer
a range of questions about our second hand / used bassoons
and oboes for prospective purchasers.
How can I know that a second hand bassoon
or oboe bought from Double Reed Ltd. is a good one?
only high quality used bassoons and oboes which have been carefully
selected and vetted. We also encourage you to try out your chosen
bassoon or oboe before buying (by visiting us or having an instrument
on our Try
Before You Buy scheme). If you're not confident in your
own judgement, you can show the instrument to your teacher for
their opinion(s) on the instrument before buying.
describe each bassoon or oboe as fully as possible and provide
high quality, detailed photographs on the web site.
How do I know that a bassoon or oboe will suit my/my child's
needs - and can I return it if it isn't?
our best to help you select the right bassoon or oboe for you
or your child: we encourage you or your child to try the instrument
before buying; and we also encourage you to consult experts
- your teacher for example. We provide a 12 month warranty as
and oboes aimed at beginners and students, we also provide the
added security of our unique Buy
Back Scheme; under this scheme, if you decide the bassoon
isn't right for you or your child within two years of purchasing
it, you can return it to us and we will pay you a large percentage
of the original purchase price.
What condition are your bassoons and oboes in?
our bassoons and oboes carefully to ensure that they meet our
standards before we purchase them or accept them on commission
sale. We then test all bassoons and oboes extensively, and either
fully service them (up to and including complete re-pads, re-corks,
spring replacement, key adjustment, regulation and so on if
needed) or attend to minor issues if the bassoon or oboe is
in very good condition and has recently been serviced.
We also clean and polish all instruments (and cases) before
sale - ones which have been neglected are completely dismantled
prior to cleaning, to ensure that they are in as close to original
showroom condition as possible.
instruments are fully tested again before going on sale, to
ensure that they are in perfect working order. We also provide
new cork grease, swabs and neck straps for all instruments (as
How does the Try Before You Buy scheme
live in the UK, ask for a Try
Before You Buy loan.
arrange for a delivery on a day of your choice. If you decide
that the instrument isn't right for you, we'll arrange for it
to be picked up on a day of your choice. The
bassoon or oboe is insured by us during this period against
theft or loss by a third party, but you are responsible for
any damage caused while in your possession. If you decide to
buy the instrument, we deduct the cost of the return postage
from the price.
I have a bassoon or oboe I wish to sell
on commission - how do I go about it?
us so we can discuss your instrument first. Then complete and
send us the Commission Sales form on the Sell
Your Instrument page, which sets out commission rates and
the contractual relationship between us. Also, if the instrument
needs any work to bring it up to standard, we will let you know
the cost prior to putting it up for sale; you will have to pay
this before the instrument goes on sale. Once your bassoon or
oboe reaches our premises it is insured under our insurance
policy. The price the instrument is sold at is mutually agreed
What is your expertise in bassoons and oboes?
we never stop learning about double reed instruments, we have
spent a number of years in the market, both prior to and since
our founding of Double Reed Ltd., and have bought, sold, refurbished
and played a very wide range of instruments from professional
to student instruments, and instruments from the 1880s down
to the current time. Through this
wide exposure we have gained an insight into the pros and cons
of the various manufacturers, models and vintages of instrument
for differing levels of playing ability and preferences.
one is exposed to a wide variety of instruments in all sorts
of condition, as we are, it is difficult often to come to a
conclusion about the quality and suitability of a particular
bassoon or oboe for a particular player. This is why we're here
to help - we can share with you the benefit of our knowledge
and experience to ensure that you get the right instrument for
your needs. Just ask if you have any questions or concerns,
and we'll be pleased to help.
If you have any other questions
about buying a bassoon or oboe, just phone or email us. For
more information on why Double Reed Ltd. is a good company from
which to buy double reed instruments, click here: Why
Buy from Double Reed?