Thanks for the informative reply!
Christopher Brodersen wrote:
If I understand you correctly, your ultimate goal is to play (Baroque) oboe d'amore.
Well, my ultimate goal is to learn an instrument I like to listen to. Since I'm not very experienced, I'm not fixed on one particular type.
It just happens that with my current knowledge I like the baroque oboe d'amore.
In my opinion it's much easier to start out on the soprano Baroque oboe. Intonation can be quite challenging on the Baroque oboe d'amore--it's better to get a feel for response, overblowing to the second octave, etc., on the regular soprano Baroque oboe.
My reasoning was that if I one day will play a oboe tuned differently, it will be hard to change because I'm used to the fingering of the soprano.
But from your explanations it seems the smaller challenge compared to the difficulty of intonation.
You could also start on modern oboe. In your town people play the Vienna oboe, a wonderful instrument that shares many similarities with period oboes. Reed-making is one of the biggest hurdles for beginning students, and if you were to learn to make Vienna-style reeds, that might give you a "leg up" on making historical reeds. The famous Viennese oboist Juerg Schaeflein (who was also a consummate player of the Baroque oboe) once told me that being able to make Vienna-style reeds gave him a distinct advantage.
By all means, find a good teacher. There should be several people in Vienna capable of teaching Baroque oboe, although I don't know of any personally. There is also the Gesellschaft der Freunde der Wiener Oboe--perhaps they can help.
I've found their site and contacted them already concerning renting an instrument.
I must say, I'm having second thoughts when I look at the prices for new oboes.
Yes it has! Thank you.
I've done some more reading here and elsewhere and I'd like to summarize advantages of starting with the baroque vs. first learning modern oboe:
Modern: easier on intonation; more players, therefore more teachers; wider choice of music; knowing 2 instruments
Baroque: cheaper instrument; easier fingering; no need to relearn later on
Would you concur with these conclusions?
Does someone want to add more advantages?
It's not an easy choice at all.