The global success achieved by the XL Oboe inspired us to develop a complete range, including the English Horn, and most recently the Oboe d'Amore. As well as our unique tone hole structure design giving a more focussed sound, and unparalleled intonation and projection, we have also developed the keywork for improved comfort, particularly to the right-hand keys, giving the player greater dexterity. Our new range of XL bocals complement these instruments perfectly.
"In the 51 years that I have been playing my Howarth oboe d'amore, it has given me perfect service and the greatest musical pleasure." Neil Black, English Chamber Orchestra, London
The lower density cocobolo gives a warm, rich palette of sound. The lighter colour of the wood displays the beautiful patterns in the grain particularly well.
For additional comfort, Cocobolo-bodied instruments save 10% in weight over the equivalent instrument with an African Blackwood body.
- Body in Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa)
- Full Conservatoire System
- Semi-Automatic Octaves
- 3rd Octave Key
- C-D Trill Key (x 2)
- C-C# Trill Key
- Forked F vent
- Ab-Bb, Ab-A trills
- "Banana Key" - low C-C# trill
- Eb-E trill mechanism
- Articulated C# mechanism
- Metal-lined tenon sockets and sleeved tenons
- Undercut tone holes
- All necessary adjusting screws
- Adjustable thumbrest
Gold plated keywork is available as a bespoke finish to special order. Please enquire for further details and costs.