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Lupophone – The New Bass Oboe

The Lupophone is our new bass oboe designed in cooperation with Benedikt Eppelsheim for playing the tenor and full bass register down to low F..

  • The body is made entirely from mountain maple. The bore, including the lower bend, is sealed to protect it against humidity and to ensure that the bore shape will not change over time.
  • The joints between the wooden body sections use a system of tapered tenons and O-ring seals that is tried and tested on the Contraforte to ensure that the instrument remains stable and airtight.
  • The Lupophone uses our original patented low-wear and silent key bearing system (LCBearing-System) which has been used successfully on our Contraforte and bassoons for several years.
  • The Lupophone has a considerably extended dynamic range, and is consequently extremely versatile. It can be used in an orchestra as well as in chamber music, for modern compositions and jazz music and can also hold its ground in a wind band.
  • The Lupophone impresses players with its well-balanced tuning and responsiveness over the whole playing range.


Technical details:

  • French oboe fingerings
  • semi-automatic octave mechanism
  • 3rd octave key
  • C/D-trill key
  • F#/G#-trill mechanism
  • left-hand F and Eb-touch
  • articulated C# key
  • right thumb touch for A and Ab
  • left thumb touch for G, F# and F
  • micro-adjustable support pin for precise height positioning
  • flageolet key (optional)

French conservatory system

The bore:
We have developed a bore which permits a very free, easy attack, even in the low register, and which gives in-tunes octaves!

New developments:
The low B and B-flat mechanism on the bell guarantees an in-tune low B without the disadvantages of great undercutting of the tone hole.


We offer this model in two forms:

Viennese oboes

From the concept of the bore, the Viennese oboe is the last representative of the historical oboes, adapted for the louder, larger orchestra, and fitted with an extensive mechanism. Its great advantage is the ease of speaking, even in the lowest register.

It can be played very expressively and blends well with other instruments. Unfortunately these instruments are seldom made today, but recently we have gotten orders for them from places other than Vienna, from the USA to Siberia.

In order to make this oboe available to all oboists, we also make it with a French mechanism. This version is ideal for chamber music and for music of the 18th and 19th centuries- it is especially adapted for music of the high romantic.

model W1: in traditional Viennese mechanic (Zuleger model).


model W2: in French conservatory mechanic.


Both models we make in "long" (440 +/- Hz) and in "short" (443 +/- Hz)

We use different woods for the bodies: