Howarth | XL Thumbplate (Dual System) Oboe d’Amore


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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 density of the Blackwood body gives a dark and powerful sound, enhancing the projection.


Technical Specification:


  • Body in African Blackwood, also known as Grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon)
  • 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

Gold plated keywork is available as a bespoke finish to special order. Please enquire for further details and costs.

Additional information

SKU 2100000032358
Weight 2600 g


Instrument Level