The Howarth S20 model oboe is an intermediate instrument designed for the student player. An ideal upgrade from a junior instrument, the S20 will take advancing players up to Grade 8 standard.
It features some more advanced keywork options than the S10, but is still significantly lighter than professional models. The keywork is all covered-hole to make it easier for younger players and those with smaller hands to navigate the full range of the instrument.
The keywork on oboes can be quite varied, unlike the standardized mechanisms of other woodwind instruments. Of the two basic oboe mechanisms, the 'thumbplate' system is used most widely in the UK, and all student oboes purchased here are usually of this type. The alternative is the 'conservatoire' system; and 'dual' systems have characteristics of both. In general, starter instruments have fewer keys to reduce their weight and simplify fingerings. As players advance, the instruments they use have additional keys, offering versatility with a wider choice of fingerings.
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