" I have been in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's oboe section for ten years now. During this time Chikao has done almost all the repair work on my English horns, oboes and oboe d'amore. I can recommend his work most highly, without reservation. His meticulous attention to detail, craftsmanship, and knowledge of the instrument place him with the top repair technician in the country. The fact that he is also an excellent oboist who has played with us in the BSO on many occasions greatly enhances his sensitivity to his craft."
Robert Sheena English horn, Boston Symphony Orchestra
" I recommend without reservation Chikao's meticulous workman ship in oboe repair. His many years of experience as a performer at the highest level have given him the ability to set up an oboe to please even the most demanding professionals. "
Mark McEwen Oboist, Boston Symphony Orchestra Faculty, New England Conservatory of Music
"I have found Chikao Inomata to be very thorough and reliable in his repair work. He doesn't cut any corners and his work is of the best quality."
The Cleveland Orchestra
"Since I play both the modern oboe and baroque oboe family, I needed a solution to travel light and compact with all my instruments. After a couple of years of searching I found the right case on the Internet on the site of Chikao Inomata. I asked Chikao to make a double case for my Fossati English Horn and my Buffet Oboe and the result is stunning: a very beautiffuly hand- made case, which is the ligthest and compactest case ever made. The instruments are held very carefully together and can go through any kind of weather condition. It only took him 1 month to make the right case and ship it (nicely protected) from America to my
door in Belgium. I would recommend his cases to every oboist. Chikao is an extremely talented craftsman who knows his job very well and makes the case just the way one likes it."
Dymphna Vandenabeele, English Horn soloist from the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgium Guides