Been there, done that. If anyone were really serious about the oboe, I ought to warn them that you will need to think about making your own reeds. This makes playing the oboe nearly a full-time profession. Factory made reeds are rubbish, and other people's hand-made reeds will be too expensive to buy if you play seriously (well, OK, maybe you can make one at £20 last a week or two, but I've seen a pro-am with about five dozen of his own reeds on the go at any one time. But sensibly, I guess you could make do with only half a dozen spares, but not if they are all together and you lose the box! He had a box of a dozen in his oboe case, a spare box of a dozen in his oboe case. Another spare dozen in his jacket pocket and a few more dozen work-in-progress at home). But you don't need to bother with cane-splitters and gougers. It's best to buy the cane already gouged to the correct thickness - it's still very cheap. Then you bend it, tie it to staples and whittle it. The only thing I miss about it is mucking about with other people in orchestras.
I'd take up the violin if I had to go back in time and do it all over again.
1975 Calatayud y Gisbert, Yamaha CG131S.