Howarth S20 oboe

£ £2,900.00
Ref: S20
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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 key options than the S10, but is still significantly lighter than professional models. The mechanism is all covered-hole to make it easier for younger players and those with smaller hands to navigate the full range of the instrument.

  • Grenadilla wood body (Dalbergia melanoxylon)
  • Silver-plated keys
  • Thumb-plate (English) system
  • Covered keys
  • Semi-automatic octave keys
  • C/D trill key
  • C/C-sharp trill key
  • Forked-F vent
  • Low B-C connection
  • Low B-flat vent
  • Weight: 0.6 kg approx.

Unlike the standardized mechanisms of other woodwind instruments, the keywork on oboes is quite varied. The 'thumb-plate' system is used most widely in the UK and most student oboes purchased here are of this type. The alternative is the 'conservatoire' system. 'Dual' systems have characteristics of both. Starter instruments generally have fewer keys to reduce weight and simplify fingering. Instruments for more advanced players have additional keys offering versatility through a wider choice of fingerings.

Also available in the Howarth oboe range:

Model Level Description
Junior Beginner Simplified thumb-plate system with simple octave keys. Range to low C.
S10 Student Thumb-plate system with simple octave keys. Range to low B-flat. Additional keys: C/D trill key, forked-F vent, and low B-C connection.
S20 Intermediate Thumb-plate system with semi-automatic octave keys. Additional keys: as S10 plus left-hand F key and low B-flat vent.
S40C Advanced Dual system with semi-automatic octave keys (including 3rd octave key). Additional keys: as S20 plus A-flat/B-flat trill key, A-flat/A trill key, and low C/C-sharp trill key (‘banana key’).

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