Paul Laubin at work
Paul Laubin at work

Paul working close up

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Paul Laubin Portrait
Paul Laubin Portrait

Paul Laubin at his desk working on an oboe

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Paul Laubin working
Paul Laubin working

Paul Laubin working on small details of an oboe

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In the shop of Paul Laubin
In the shop of Paul Laubin

Works in progress in the workshop of Paul Laubin

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Paul Laubin
Paul Laubin

Paul working on an instrument

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David Teitelbaum at Laubin Instrumen
David Teitelbaum at Laubin Instrumen

David Teitelbaum working on an instrument at Laubin's workshop

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Paul Laubin

The story of A. Laubin, Inc. began in 1931 when Alfred Laubin, a professional oboist and instrument repairman, dissatisfied with the quality of professional oboes available at the time, built his first oboe. After several attempts, Mr. Laubin was able to make an oboe which met the demands of his own playing career. The intonation and reliability of his instruments impressed his professional oboist friends, many of whom began requesting and playing his oboes.

By the 1950's, oboe-making had become a full-time occupation, and more musicians had the opportunity to own Laubin instruments. Around 1956, Alfred's eldest son Paul joined the business, doing repair work and eventually learning every aspect of oboe-making before taking over the business when Alfred died in 1976.

 

Paul and his son Alex, along with longtime repairman and instrument finisher David Teitelbaum, now produce about 20 instruments per year. In spite of their small output, Laubin instruments are played by many highly-regarded musicians throughout North America and the world, including players in many major symphony orchestras.