Bulgheroni’s Opera oboe is designed for a centered, dark sound, thanks to its special bore design. Key-covered tone holes are carefully placed to allow optimum intonation and tone color. The key system features a basic, full conservatory system ensuring players have all the keys needed at the professional level. An adjustable thumb rest allows the performer to custom fit the hold of the oboe to their hand for complete comfort and key facility.
Heavy silver plating is used on top of nickel silver keys for durability and also add more resonance to the instruments sound. Designed with professional oboists in mind, the Blugheroni Opera oboe provides a beautiful tone with flexibility for any performance situation. These oboes can also be special ordered with exotic woods to change the tone color of the instrument based on individual player preference.
Fox Model 800 Oboe
The Fox Model 800 features a wood body with metal-lined tenons where the pieces of the oboe fits together; these make for a durable design resistant to cracks or damage to the delicate wood between sections of the instrument. This oboe has a handmade, full conservatory key system including a split ring E-flat-E key, F-sharp key tab, low B-flat vent, alternate C, and articulated C-sharp keys for making trickier key passages easier to play based on player preference.
An adjustable thumb rests allows individual players to alter the oboe to fit their hand for optimum comfort and better key facility. The Fox Model 800 oboe is hand adjusted to ensure accurate intonation, great projection and exceptional resonance.
The YOB-241 takes Yamaha's professional level oboe and adapts it for beginning musicians to ensure every instrument is top of the line. This oboe uses a modified conservatory system which removes optional keys from the key system making it easier for young players to master. Like their professional level oboes, Yamaha has redesigned the bore to increase sound projection. The instrument's plastic resin body makes it more durable for beginners, reducing the possibility of the body cracking. With its accurate intonation and excellent sound, the Yamaha YOB-241 is the top pick instrument for the beginner oboist.
Buffet Crampon BC4011 Simplified Student Oboe
The Buffet Crampon BC4011 oboe features a wooden body for an exceptional tone. The bell of the instrument features a resonance tone hole to enhance the oboes sound while a simplified conservatory key system streamlines the key system for young students. The key placement has also been adjusted for smaller hands (especially in the plateau keys and spatulas) to fit hands naturally. Octave key vents are designed to be sturdy and damage resistant.
Double fish skin pads are used on the larger keys to ensure the keys seal completely and avoid any leaks. For added durability, the body of this wooden instrument is lined with a plastic resin for added strength and helps prevent cracking. With all the comfort and durability needed for student musicians, the Buffet Crampon BC4011 delivers a great sound while also being one of the most affordable instruments on this list.
Fox Model 300 Student Oboe
The Fox Model 300 oboe stands out thanks to a hand finished bore for rich sound projection as well as a handmade, full conservatory key system, usually reserved for higher level instruments. Keys included on this instrument are a third octave key, split ring E-flat-E key, F-sharp key tab, low B-flat vent, alternate C, and articulated C-sharp keys for making trickier key passages easier to play. While most of these keys are often omitted from student-level instruments, their inclusion means this oboe will be suitable for students beyond in initial learning phases.
Like its higher grade counterparts, this Fox oboe is hand adjusted to ensure accurate intonation and great projection and resonance. The instrument body itself is constructed of a plastic resin to ensure a durable instrument for beginners. It’s a great choice for the student musician and can be purchased with an adjustable thumb rest allowing each individual player to adjust the oboe to fit their hand for comfort and better key facility.