Howarth S20C Conservatory Intermediate Oboe
The Howarth oboes are the current best offering for players & parents who are in need of a high quality oboe but need to be conscience of the price. Howarth oboes are manufactured in London using exceptionally well seasoned Grenadilla wood and are built with impeccable quality. The Howarth S20C is the entry level conservatory oboe in their line and offers a perfect blend of value and quality.
Designed for the advancing student player who needs a great playing instrument without sacrifice, the S20C has an excellent tone and reliable tuning while offering the majority of the key mechanisms from the conservatory system. Key touches are left closed to make the S20C easier on players with smaller hands.
Conservatory Based Key System
The Howarth S20C features a modern conservatory key system with MANY of the professional features that customers and teachers are looking for. This model includes:
- Left Hand F
- Low Bb (with vent)
- Triple Octave (semi-automatic, US standard)
- Articulated C#
Optional Bore Liner
The Howarth S20C is made from a wonderfully seasoned Grenadilla wood that we find less prone to cracking than other wood oboes on the market. Regardless of the quality of the wood, there is always the risk of cracking, especially in a dry climate like ours in Las Vegas! On our end, we know how to store and maintain oboes. When they come in from Howarth, the first thing we do is oil the oboes and then place a case humidifier in each oboe that is checked on a weekly basis while in our store. We do this to ensure that the oboe does not suffer from our dry climate before shipping to a customer. However, especially for oboes that are going to a dry climate, cracking is a concern.
To combat the risk of cracking, Howarth offers an optional bore liner in the upper section of the upper joint to greatly reduce the risk of cracking. We highly recommend the lined joint. Typically, we stock the oboes both with and without this liner as it does add to the cost of the oboe. We charge an additional $105.00 for the liner option.
Models with the bore liner are denoted with a “-VT” in the official part number for the oboe.
The Howarth S20C oboe is very reed friendly. Regardless of scrape or cut, any good quality reed should work well on the Howarth S20C. Generally, we recommend a more resonant cut reed such as our Kessler Custom Artist reeds in any strength.
American scrape reeds also work well for a more focused tone.
Every Howarth S20C oboe we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on any oboe is of the utmost importance! Sometimes, an instrument (regardless of who the manufacturer or the price point is) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours!
This is why we perform our setup in our ProShop on your new Howarth S20C before delivering it to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your new oboe setup flawlessly!
12 Month, 0% Interest Financing!
Purchase through Kessler & Sons Music using First Mutual Finance and receive special 12 Month, 0% Interest Financing!
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Does not apply towards Store Used Demos or Used Instruments. Demos and Used models can still be financed under standard terms.