We hope you enjoy your newly hired instrument. Please take the time to read the following guidance in order to keep the instrument in its best condition.

Caring for your instrument

  • Oboes are expensive and delicate instruments and as such extra care needs to be taken in maintenance.
  • Please don’t attempt to assemble your Oboe before being shown how to do so by your tutor.

After Each Use

  • A mop should be used after playing as moisture left inside the instrument can cause damage and corrosion.
  • Keys should also be wiped to prevent them from corroding.

Periodic Maintenance

  • Cork grease should be applied to joints to prevent them from sticking, and to prolong the life of the cork.
  • Should you find that two joints have stuck, please do not force them apart.
  • Take it to your tutor and then if necessary contact us to arrange a repair.


  • The hirer is responsible for any loss or damage to the instrument and as a result we recommend taking out insurance.
  • You may be able to insure the instrument under your household policy, alternatively there are many companies specialising in musical instrument insurance.

Damage and Repairs

  • In the unfortunate event that your instrument is damaged, Essex Music Service should be consulted to seek approval and advice before any repairs are undertaken.
  • The hirer is responsible for any costs incurred to repair the instrument through a result of misuse, accident or neglect.
  • We may either ask to receive the instrument back whilst it is repaired, or alternatively we may be able to recommend a repairer for you to take the instrument to.

Returning your Instrument

  • Please contact the Music Service to arrange the return of your instrument.
  • Please ensure the instrument is clean and that all accessories that came with the instrument are present to avoid any charges.
  • If any accessories are missing we encourage you to purchase these yourself before returning the instrument.
  • Accessories provided with the Oboe, along with their respective replacement costs are listed here:
    • Cork grease £1.50
    • Tenon caps each £5
    • Mops £9
    • Reed case £15
  • If accessories are missing when you return the instrument, replacement costs will be deducted from your deposit.
  • Prices given above are indicative only and are subject to revision. A reed (medium strength) is supplied free of charge.
  • Please dispose of all reeds before returning the instrument.

Lessons and Ensembles

Essex Music Service provides quality music tuition and ensembles to schools and colleges throughout Essex, covering all major orchestral and band instruments and musical styles. Playing or singing together with other people (ensemble) is one of the most exciting and enjoyable musical experiences. We provide a whole range of opportunities for young people of all ages and abilities, covering almost all instruments and voice. Many of our groups offer students the chance to tour in the UK and abroad!

If you’ve never played or sung in a group before, one of our workshops would be a great way to get started. In collaboration with our partners, we offer regular workshops in singing , jazz , strings, wind, brass, guitar, percussion and rock – sign up to our newsletter mailing list to receive details.

If you’re a bit more experienced you could join one of our groups that meet regularly, either monthly or in the school holidays.