I like the idea too. I'll provide a bio right here!
I live near Philadelphia and am a life-long musician myself, though my life isn't yet quite as long as the rest of you guys. That's why I rarely posted on the list because I felt my opinion might be looked down on as one from someone only seventeen years old.
I've played the oboe since I was nine. I started learning from various band teachers who did not know how to play the oboe, so my beginning education was rather shoddy. (My parents are both music teachers themselves.) In middle school I learned from a band teacher whose main instrument was bassoon, and then finally I started studying with Henry Grabb of West Chester University.
At that point, for some unfathomable reason, I actually made it into a youth orchestra, Chester County Youth Orchestra, which I was a member of for three years. I was the principal oboist for a year and then I also joined Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. Keeping up both orchestras, high school, and working at a music store was too much so I dropped CCYO for PYAO. At this point I'm teetering between PYAO, auditioning for district orchestra, and getting ready to audition to (attempt to) get into Oberlin Conservatory.
I play two oboes, my faithful Yamaha 411 that I've had since I turned twelve, and a Lorée (serial number KV38) that I just bought used from my teacher a month ago. The Yamaha has an extremely sweet tone that I still adore, and the Lorée has a rich, deep tone that keeps me in front of the music stand until my lips are too tired to play anymore.
Now if only I stayed there with a metronome, hahaha..
West Chester University