The Nobel line of Bassoons, Oboes, and English Horns have been tested and proved by double reed professionals all over the world, and the results are clear. Don’t spend thousands more on a plastic instrument, switch to Nobel today!

Shipping, Returns and Taxes

How much does shipping cost for my order?

U.S. Prices – Instruments

Instruments (per unit) UPS/FEDEX Shipping
Oboes $35.00 UPS/FEDEX
English Horns $45.00 UPS/FEDEX
Bassoons $75.00 UPS/FEDEX
Tools and Accessories Prices Mail by USPS Shipping UPS/FEDEX Shipping
$0-$50 $9.00 Mail by USPS $16.00 UPS/FEDEX
$51-$100 $10.00 Mail by USPS $18.00 UPS/FEDEX
$101-$150 $12.00 Mail by USPS $20.00 UPS/FEDEX
$151-$200 $13.00 Mail by USPS $22.00 UPS/FEDEX
$201.00 & Up $15.00 Mail by USPS $25.00 UPS/FEDEX

International Prices – FEDEX Only

Instruments (per unit) Canada All Other Countries
Oboes $50.00 $75.00
English Horns $75.00 $100.00
Bassoons $110.00 $160.00
Tools and Accessories Prices(5 pounds maximum) Canada All Other Countries
$0-$50 $18.00 USPS | $30.00 FEDEX $40.00 FEDEX
$51-$100 $20.00 USPS | $35.00 FEDEX $45.00 FEDEX
$101-$150 $25.00 USPS | $40.00 FEDEX $50.00 FEDEX
$151-$200 $30.00 USPS | $45.00 FEDEX $55.00 FEDEX
$201.00 & Up $35.00 USPS | $50.00 FEDEX $60.00 FEDEX

What is your return policy?

If you have the need to return an item, please send an email to: [email protected] OR call us at 800-323-3216 and we will provide the information for return procedures.

Shipping costs will not be refunded unless the return is due to our error. Duties and Taxes are not refundable.

Returns must arrive in new, resaleable, perfect condition for full credit or exchange. Merchandise must be returned within 30 days of original order delivery for full refund or exchange. Items returned outside of the 30-day window will be subject to restocking fees. For more information on restocking fees, please contact us at the email address or phone number above.

Items should be shipped back to us using a trackable service such as FedEx or UPS. We are not responsible for lost shipments.

What happens if I refuse shipment or my delivery goes to the wrong address?

Unless the shipping error was made by Nobel Instruments, customers are responsible for all fees, tariffs, duties and shipping costs incurred by Nobel Instuments, including but not limited to the costs of refused or redirected shipments.

Do you charge sales tax on orders?

We charge 6% sales tax only on orders shipping inside the state of Pennsylvania.

About Instruments

What does “wood composite” mean?

The term Wood Composite refers to the body material used on Nobel Instruments. It is a mix of grenadilla wood powder, epoxies and binders. The mixture is injection molded into the body parts. This technology is highly effective for lowering production costs and the results are body parts that are identical in dimension and tonal color. Ultimately, wood composite instruments are as durable as plastic but sound like wood.

What does “hybrid” mean when we’re talking about double reed instruments?

This term refers to 2 Nobel instruments (NO1H and NEHH) where the top joints are made out of Wood Composite material and the lower two joints are made out of Grenadilla wood. The hybrid design eliminates the cracking problems associated with top joints, and gives our Nobel Instruments exceptionally rich sound qualities.

Do you offer a “trial period” for your instruments?

The trial period for instruments is one week.  Customers are responsible for shipping costs both ways for each instrument.  We won’t charge you for the return instrument on an instrument you decide to keep! 

Typical UPS / FEDEX ground shipping costs:  Oboes,  $35 each way, English Horns,  $45 each way, and Bassoons, $75 each way.  Instruments are shipped with “Adult Signature Required” and insured.

We will need the name, address, telephone number, email address and a credit card to put on file.  The credit card will be used to pay for the shipping costs and will be charged once the instrument (s) are returned. 

If you decide to keep an instrument,  used ones are payable by check only and new ones are payable by either check or credit card.

Consignment Policy

We accept items such as instruments, bocals and reed machines on a consignment basis.  Send us an email with picture and description of the item you wish to consign.  Include serial and model numbers.   We will contact you to discuss the selling price.  Our fee for this service is 15% of the final selling price.  Proceeds from the sale are payable once we have collected the funds from the buyer.

We service everything that we sell on consignment because it needs to look and play as well as possible to make an effective presentation to the new buyer.  Also, we take care of the insurance on the instrument while in our office, during shipment and during the trial at the new buyers location.

Financing & Trade-In Options

We offer long term and short term financing programs from 3 months without interest to 1-5 years / 10% down minimum with moderate interest rates.

We also accept trade-ins toward purchase of a new instrument. 

Contact us by phone or email to discuss the details of these programs.


What are your warranty policies?

We offer a 1-year Limited Warranty on new instruments and a 90 day Limited Warranty on used instruments.  This warranty covers mechanical problems excepting abuse, negligence or repairs done by other repair shops.


Is my personal information secure on your site?

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Contacting Us

How do I contact Nobel Instruments?

If you have additional questions or comments, we encourage you to contact us via phone 1-800-323-3216 or via email at [email protected]. We will endeavor to answer your email as expeditiously as possible.


All products are packed securely and shipped
with care around the world.


Our double reed instruments are backed by professional players and teachers in the field.


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