The Howarth S10 is one of our best selling oboes and is highly recommended throughout the educational system. Although more expensive than other student models it is an instrument which lasts incredibly well, is suitable for use up to the middle grades and holds its value well when it comes to upgrading it. Indeed, we have part exchanged many Howarth S10 oboes over the years.
The instrument body is produced from high quality, seasoned African hardwood. Onto this solid and resonant body nicely finished nickel silver keywork is mounted in the English thumb plate configuration. It has a left hand C/D trill key and a low C to B link. There are a number of atributes which make this model particularly good for the young beginner. Firstly, the S10 has a completely closed hole system of keywork. This makes things an awful lot easier for smaller, untrained hands and does the smaller spacing between the tone holes. Secondly, for a solid wood model, the S10 is surprisingly light. A professional oboe generally weighs in the region of 0.72kg whereas this model weighs just 0.54kg. This may not sound like a lot, but it will make all the difference for a young player especially when the school orchestra beckons!
The Howarth S10 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 keys||Yes|
|Thumbplate system with single action octave mechanism||Yes|
|Low B-C link||Yes|
|Forked F venting mechanism||Yes|
|Adjusting screws for top C# and F#G# link||Yes|
|Body made from African Blackwood||Yes|
|Nickel-silver keywork silver plated||Yes|