An oboe case is a must-have for any oboist. Not only does it protect your instrument, but it also makes transportation easier.
There are many different types of oboe cases to choose from, so it is important to find one that fits your needs.
I looked for 3 cases with different price points that should be a good fit for most players.
I have the recommended option and love all of the options and storage that it provides, but depending on your budget and needs, you might not need all the extra detail that it provides.
Different types of cases
There are many different types of oboe cases, such as hard shell, soft shell and gig bag, each with their own pros and cons.
Ask yourself what sort of case you think will be best for your circumstances. Are you mostly a home player that doesn’t need to transport your instrument? It’s probably best to stick with a convenient soft case.
Are you a travelling musician that needs to fly or drive with your instrument? A hard shell case is going to give you the piece of mind that you need.
Hard shell oboe case
Hard shell oboe cases are made of a hard plastic. This type of case is usually the most durable and sturdy case, which can hold up to heavy travel. The only downside to a hard shell oboe case is that they are quite bulky and heavy, making some of them difficult to carry by hand.
Soft shell oboe case
Soft shell oboe cases are made of soft canvas material. These cases are more lightweight than the hard shell oboe cases, making them easier to carry around. The only downside to these types of cases is that they are more fragile than hard cases, so be sure to handle them with care.
An oboe case is a must-have for any oboist, as it protects one of the most delicate instruments and our delicate Oboe reeds.
Rather than risk damage during transportation, it’s usually a good idea to avoid that scenario all together by always using a case (especially if you’re clumsy like me).
Be sure to check out our Oboe fingering guide as well.