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Oboes of the classical period and 1st half of the 19th century | Late romantic oboes

Renaissance shawms

Oboes were present in the past in great diversity. The Renaissance ensemble got a clear double reed contour through the use of a set of shawms. Shawms were used whether as solo voices, or as color; especially in combination with trombones (sackbutts), where they were essential to the sound of Renaissance music. Like the dulcians, they are indispensable for music of this period. The historical precedents are in relatively poor condition, sometimes very good, but often crude, unattractive instruments.

We make shawms which play comfortably over two octaves and which do not have intonation problems.

Pitch is a = 440 or 465 and so far we make:

The bodies of all shawms are made of maple.

German shawms (a = 440 Hz / 465 Hz)

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Developed from the courtly shawms, the German shawm became desired at the beginning of the 18th century due to its mobility and adaptability. Its best use was in German military music, but it is also indispensable in Harmonie music of the second half of the 17th century. We make the following German shawms in pitch 440 or 465:

The bodies are made of maple.


In combination with a bass dulcian the german shawms are an ideal double reed ensemble.

Baroque oboes

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Our top model is a French instrument with 3 keys, (a = 415). This oboe, in our possession, is from about 1700; the signature is barely visible. We have no idea how famous the maker possibly was, but he made an outstanding instrument, therefore we chose it for our copies.

We also make a baroque oboe after Scherer in a = 440.

The model of an oboe d'amore was an instrument from Oberlender.

The bodies are made from boxwood.

Oboes of the classical period and 1st half of the 19th century

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A typical model of the classical oboe is a copy after Grundmann with two keys (a = 430). As an a = 440 instrument, we chose an oboe from Lempp, Vienna. For the early romantic, we copied a Schuster with a dark, round sound a = 430. We can also make other copies on special order.

Late romantic oboes

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The Golde oboe wth 11 - 14 keys (a = 440) is an ideal instrument for the late romantic orchestra or ensembles.

For music of the late 19th century, oboists are more and more frequently choosing Viennese oboes, as the sound of these corresponds to much music of the period.

We make these instruments with the Viennese fingering system, but we also make them with a French ring system, so that modern oboists can change without a problem. These instruments are ideal for chamber music.