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Howarth XL Conservatoire (French) System Pre-owned

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Howarth professional oboes have been developed to fulfil the demands
and expectations of the world’s finest players. Working with eminent
oboists we have now created three different prestige professional model
instruments to satisfy individual players’ stylistic and technical
requirements. These oboes are found in the greatest orchestras
worldwide, and are played by many of the finest solo artists of
international repute.

Handmade by our most experienced craftsmen, the accuracy and
fine tolerances used during the manufacturing stage give a clean, quick
action allowing a musician to play with confidence. Each oboe has a
flexible diversity of tone giving the freedom to perform with great
elegance and character.

"Howarth oboes have always been special...that elusive flexibility
of sound which enables a player to find his or her own voice on the
instrument." Gordon Hunt, The Philharmonia Orchestra, London

Howarth professional oboes are available in either high density
Grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon) or in Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa).
The density of the Blackwood gives a dark and powerful sound, enhancing
the projection. Cocobolo is a lighter, lower density wood which produces
a warm, rich palette, offering a distinct alternative in timbre. Our
professional oboes have metal socket liners and metal sleeved tenons,
offering greater protection and durability to the instrument and better
mechanical security. The keywork is finished in a generous layer of
silver plate. Gold plating is available to special order.

The XL Model has been carefully designed for the exacting demands of
professional performers, taking into consideration the desired sound
and response from the instrument. The XL has a large bore, and the wall
thickness has been developed to give a big sound with classical

Howarth professional oboes are supplied in a bespoke solid wood case
lined with green velvet. The case is protected by a Howarth
professional oboe case cover.

Technical Specification:

Body in African Blackwood, also known as Grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon)
Full Conservatoire System
Semi-Automatic Octaves
3rd Octave Key
C-D Trill Key (x 2)
C-C# Trill Key
Forked F vent
Extra trill mechanisms (Ab-Bb, Ab-A)
"Banana Key" - low C-C# trill
Eb-E trill mechanism
Articulated C# mechanism
Philadelphia link (double adjusting screw on C touch piece)
Metal-lined tenon sockets and sleeved tenons
Undercut tone holes
Low Bb vent
All necessary adjusting screws
Adjustable Thumbrest
Weight ca 745g
Now supplied in professional solid wood case