The Howarth S20 oboe outfit is significant step up from the S10 model and is designed specifically for the advancing student and is able to perform up to grade 8 and beyond.
The body design is similar to that of the S10, it is produced from solid African Hardwood and has silver plated keywork. The key configuration is that of the English Thumb Plate system and all in all the instrument produces a good, resonant, well balanced tone.
The key differences between this model and the student S10 model are entirely to do with the keywork. This model has semi-automatic octaves and C-D,C-C# left hand trill keys as well as C-D right hand trill keys. These features are essential when playing at a higher level.
The Howarth S20 is part of a nice range of student and intermediate oboes produced by Howarths. These are very well made, supplied as an outfit which includes case, mobs and reed case and is subjected to a detailed set up, here at Chamberlain Music, prior to dispatch.
A few words on Howarth of London Ltd
Howarths are the very definition of a specialist manufacturer. They have been continually in existence since 1948 although the name Howarth has been associated with woodwind manufacture since the 1870s. They are, today, considered to be one of the finest bespoke manufacturers of oboes, oboes d'amore and English horns and their instruments are all extremely high quality. Their student models are justifiably well regarded and are popular throughout the education sector. Here at Chamberlain Music we have set up and sold numerous examples to very satisfied customers.
- Plateau finger plates
- Thumbplate system with semi-automatic octaves
- Left-hand C-D,C-C# and righthand C-D trill keys
- Low B-C and C-Bb links
- Forked F venting mechanism
- Adjusting screws for top C# and F#/G# link
- Low Bb vent
- Outfit including case and accessories
The Thumbplate keywork system is the system more commonly employed by the English Oboist.