It's so much fun to read our mail, and we thought we would share some of the colorful feedback we have received…

Dear Nora,

You are a real magician. I can't believe that the oboe is really this good. It never played the way it does now, after your miraculous work.

It has been years since I have felt so comfortable playing the oboe, but also permit me to boast a little! I have had so many people telling me I sound GREAT since I started playing the newly repaired instrument. On the other hand, maybe I have finally learned how to play the oboe!

Haworth, New Jersey

Dear Nora,

You are a genius!!!

Many thanks!
Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Dear Nora,

When I played the pre-loved Loree English horn you sent to me in California, thought it was one of the most beautiful musical experiences in my musical life. I went on to enjoy a rising career that largely depended upon my English horn. Ten years down the track, greater demands required a new instrument. I never expected to be as thrilled as that first memorable encounter, but as usual, I was wrong. The new Loree dazzles in sound, appearance and touch. The perfectly balanced key work improved my technique 100%--without practicing. My worst reed sounded like a magic reed; my magic reed played itself. The high notes leaped out effortlessly and sweetly. Playing was fun again.

My most satisfying and enduring relationships have been with my oboes, so my gratitude to you is more than just as a happy customer. I feel like a celebrating bride!

Thanks for the great service, the personal treatment, and the expertise. The world would be a better planet if there were more people like you helping to promote double reeds.

Solana Beach, California 

Dr. Post,

I wanted to take a minute to let you know how thrilled I was not only with the Lorée oboe I purchased from you. . . but I wanted to also thank you for the way in which you dealt with me throughout the whole process. Talk about going the extra mile: from carefully explaining to me the "Ins and Outs" of international oboe shipments to telling me just how to break-in a used oboe, I cannot thank you enough. I know you probably repeat yourself over and over many times a day to many customers who approach you with similar questions, but you took the time to answer ALL my questions and you made sure I was at ease with every step of the trial and purchase process. You truly are an asset to the oboe community and I wish your business the greatest success in all it does. I am totally sold on Nora Post Inc. and look forward to doing business with you again in the future. Again, thank you for all you have done. God bless.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Dear Nora,

Thank you, thank you for fixing my oboe. You are an angel!

San Diego, California

 Dear Nora,

We received the oboe at 4:30 yesterday. By 5:00 Laura Don was at home playing it & she says it's perfect! Thank you so much for all that you did. I don't know of anywhere else that we could get such fast & kind service. When we purchased the oboe from you, one of the reasons we did so was so that we could depend on you for repairs. At that time, we were trying to plan ahead, but didn't realize how important your knowledge & expertise were. Now we do. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Princeton, Kentucky

I learned more about the oboe talking to you this week than I have known in my entire life. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you. You are truly a class act!

Springfield, Illinois

Hello, Nora Post,

I just bought a new oboe from you. I just wanted to thank you! It's wonderful. I love it so much. Mr. Turner loved it too, and he wants to know how you get the E natural to play so low and in tune. My other oboe plays so much better since you worked on it, and my English horn is a big hit down here at Peabody. Once again I thank you for selling me the greatest instruments!

Baltimore, Maryland

I bought a used Rigoutat two summers ago, and I absolutely love it. I think the Rigoutats have a beautiful rich sound that is quite distinctive. I also recently bought a Rigoutat oboe and if has the same awesome sound. I bought mine through Nora Post who was very, very easy and pleasant to work with!!

(From a forwarded email from we know not whom!)

Dear Ms. Post,

Some years ago we purchased an oboe from you for our son, who loves the instrument and is playing it in the orchestra at Georgetown University. We have just read your recent newsletter and applaud you for your thoughtfulness and service to your customers. It is an approach that has become all too rare nowadays. We wish you all the best for your business future.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Thank you so very much for the superb and excellent and unbelievably fine job you did on my oboe. It plays just great now.

Portland, Oregon


The Marigaux, simply put, is GORGEOUS. We were both very impressed, just as you knew we would be.

Providence, Rhode Island

Dear Nora,

Thanks so much for the help you gave me last week. You zeroed in on exactly what I was looking for...I guess it meant something when everyone I spoke to mentioned your name! Thanks again.

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Dear Nora,

Thank you, thank you, and thank you! We received the package and the oboe is healed! You're terrific.

Harrington Park, New Jersey

You have made our daughter's life--at least for the next few years! Her level of frustration, her personality--everything has changed by having the right instrument. We can't thank you enough!

Sparta, New Jersey

Dear Nora Post,

I just wanted to thank you for helping me buy my new oboe. It is nice to know that the people selling you a product really do care. I know that this instrument will take me far in life, and I will cherish it.

Jackson, Tennessee

Dear Nora,

I wanted to thank you again for selling me such a great oboe, and being so congenial throughout the entire process. It is helping me prepare for districts and my future auditions for college more than you can imagine. It sounds absolutely fantastic, and I love playing it. I've never felt so enthusiastic about practicing before! I wish you tons of luck with your business in the future. If I meet anyone looking for an oboe, I'll be sure to refer them to you. Thanks again, and take care!

E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Dear Nora,

Thanks again for all your help. I appreciate the quality of the instruments you send me, and the great setup work you do.

Redmond, Washington


It was a pleasure visiting you (and Boris!) today to purchase an English horn for Kristin. I wouldn't trust anyone else but you with this purchase. Thank you for the unexpected and thoughtful extras (extra bocal and oboe pad repair on her Loree). It's this kind of service and the obvious enjoyment that you get from your work that sets you apart from the rest of the pack out there!

Bristol, Connecticut

Dear Nora,

Diana and I cannot thank you enough for your professionalism and patience in our search for an oboe. Not only did our trip serve as an education in finding the right oboe, but it relieved our fears and uncertainly in that decision. After playing more than ten oboes, Diana felt that the oboe she selected was the perfect oboe for her. As a clueless parent I left feeling enlightened and secure with the investment we made in both this instrument and Diana's future. Again, many thanks for making this such a positive experience for both of us.

Maywood, New Jersey


There just isn't a way to express our pleasure in doing business with you. Buying this instrument was a very big event in Jeff's life as he had worked and saved for several years to pay for half himself. You treated him with such respect and made the process so educational for him. He is a serious kid and this instrument means everything to him. I don't think we could have done better anywhere, and for him to now have a working relationship with an oboe specialist will serve him well for many years to come. In this day and age where price seems to always speak louder than service and knowledge, you are truly amazing. You manage to provide both. As I mentioned to you, we had seen Howarths in national catalogues for more than we paid you--and I'm sure they never leave the shrink-wrap before going to the customer. And we would have been lucky to get $600 for Jeff's old oboe at the local music store. With the price you were able to sell his old oboe for, it all totaled an $800 savings--considerable for anyone, especially a 12-year-old!

Newtown, Connecticut


I came to your shop about three years ago to try oboes, and bought a Marigaux. Since then I've had six students buy oboes from you. I send them to you because you're great to work with! Most of the time, if we send something back for one reason or another, you send something better! You are prompt and give thorough instructions. Thanks again!

Overland Park, Kansas

No matter who I talk to, they all have wonderful things to say about you. Your reputation precedes you!!!

Washington, D.C.


Thank you for the oboe. My private teacher and I were very impressed by your presentation of these two instruments. Much thanks to you; you are truly a tribute to your craft.

Respectfully yours,
Austin, Texas

Dear Nora,

I can’t tell you what a relief it was to find you. I actually felt a flood of relief and confidence that I had found someone who could actually help us. After the frustrations experienced by Rebecca, finding you was like an answer to a prayer!

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Media, Ohio

Dear Nora,

I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to your earlier, but I would like to take the time to tell you what a wonderful job you did repairing my oboe. It plays beautifully. You have treated me like a true professional, which I am not, and I am very honored. Your craftsmanship and knowledge is of the highest quality around, period!!

Again, many, many thanks!
Massapequa, New York

I can't thank you enough for your kind, patient, and courteous assistance in helping me to acquire my beautiful oboe! I am only an amateur who finally realized in mid-life that maybe I could find joy and pleasure in studying the oboe, rather than just sitting and listening to CD's--but I feel treated with as much respect as if I were a real musician! I also meant to mention on the phone how much I appreciated all the accessories, CD, and most specially the wonderful case cover. I never expected that, and it feeds my fantasy of hopping on a plane someday and flying off to music camp for adults somewhere! I hope to meet you someday--maybe when it's time for a check-up, I'll drive the oboe out. Again, thank you so much.

Romeo, Michigan

Dear Nora,

Thank you so much for your informed, valuable help choosing an oboe for our daughter, Miriam. She was pleased to have a variety of instruments to try. We all appreciated your patience and supportiveness as you helped Miriam choose an instrument that was both comfortable and pleasurable for her to play. Once again, we thank you for making our daughter's choice of an instrument so enjoyable.

Rock Tavern, New York

Dear Nora,

Again, we appreciate all of your patient help, instruction, and genuine interest in our purchasing an oboe for Claire. She is thrilled--we did not have that much money set aside, and it's as if God simply dropped the finances in our lap! We are all excited and thrilled at the opportunities ahead for Claire. You have been a part of a story in Claire's life that is unforgettable.

Southlake, Texas

As a fellow business person, let me give you unlimited positive feedback about the nice little extras that arrived with our oboe, such as the free CD of the Ouarteto Gelato. Two of my children are now out in the world of work and I've tried to stress to them to look for those times-whether they have 'customers,' 'clients,' 'patients,' or whatever-when they can do a small $5 thing that adds $50 in value. You are a master at that!

Richmond, Virginia


The English horn arrived yesterday and it plays WONDERFULLY. The high E is perfect right now. I played the Roman Carnival as a test run and it was gorgeous. Anyway, MANY THANKS. As I’ve told you many times, you are wonderful.

Leland, Mississippi

Hi, Nora!

I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with my choice of oboes. I’m still often thinking of how much fun you made it to shop-you taught me to listen for the sounds, and made it easy to relax. I especially appreciate that you played the short list for me to hear. That helped so much.

Milford, Pennsylvania

Dear Nora,

I just wanted to let you know that I am thoroughly delighted with my Marigaux. I have gotten used to the instrument and have really fallen in love with the sound that I get from it. It was a pleasure working with you during the selection process.

North Augusta, South Carolina

Dear Nora,

I wanted to thank you for guiding me through the daunting task of selecting exactly the oboe I love. I know that I could not have had the experience that I had with you last Friday anywhere else--it was transcendent. I couldn't believe it took little over an hour.

Thank you again, and I do love my Marigaux!

New York, New York

Thanks for all your help and encouragement. It’s great to know you’re out there ready to fix all those inevitable oboe emergencies. You’re the BEST!!!

Crownsville, Maryland