My mom is thinking of selling her oboe (don’t ask why she even has one, I have no idea - she played flute and piccolo).
Anyway, the information she has is nice but since we know nothing about oboes, it doesn’t really direct us anywhere and when I search on LeBlanc it just talks about clarinets.
Here is the info she has from the oboe itself:
On the bell it says G Noblet Paris (in an oval with a lyre above it). Under the oval is something indecipherable.
It says 695 (which is the serial number according to her purchase info) on all 3 parts.
The middle section says Made in France
The purchase info says:
Leblanc, all grenadilla wood construction. SN 695.
Repaired (pinned) crack in upper joint, done very well and barely noticeable. No other chips or cracks.
Range is to low B-flat on the bell key.
Woodwind shop tested and adjusted and is in great playing condition, no work is needed (this was 10 years ago. She has never used it, I don’t know if disuse would cause a problem but I’m pretty sure it has been sitting in its case in a closet for most or all of those 10 years).
Silver keys look beautiful and have no silver wear.
Pads, springs, and cork in excellent condition (again, after 10 years of no use, would this be the case still).
Original vintage LeBlanc case (not sure about this since the tag from the music shop is in New Mexico and that’s the only mark anywhere on the case.
Case isn’t in the best condition inside.
So, this information all comes from the eBay seller she bought it from and while it sounds complete, neither of us knows anything about oboes so we don’t know if he was telling the truth about it being such a great thing. He also mentioned that Noblet in an oval on the bell is LeBlanc’s symbol for the model 40 - the best model (but for clarinets). Again, I have no clue if this is correct or if it even pertains to oboes.
She paid $450 10 years ago and she would like to know if she has any chance of making her money back by selling it and where would be the best place to sell it (is there a site dedicated to selling oboes? A music shop? craigslist?)
Any information you have (including history of the manufacturer because I’m a nerd and I like history) would be much appreciated.