Howarth XL Thumbplate (English) System Oboe D'Amore (Body in Cocobolo)

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.


Technical Specification:


  • Body in Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa)
  • Full Conservatoire (Gillet) System with thumbplate
  • 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

Available finished in Gold plate, to special order. This option adds £1960 incl VAT to the cost. Please enquire for details..

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£9180.00( If bought from United Kingdom )
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