Oboes are fragile, tedious, and precise. I wouldn't trust anyone other than Yamaha to build a reliable student version of one the most fragile and tedious instruments a student can play. While the price may seem daunting, there is nary another oboe I would suggest to a student. Oboes for even half the price will be pitchy, mechanically unreliable, and difficult to play leaving your student frustrated and unwilling to play. This Yamaha oboe is the best student oboe for the best price.