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 Howarth S10B
Author: derbycheese 
Date:   2022-09-14 21:15

Hi everyone,

Hoping I can ask for some advice/opinions.

We received our oboe today which we bought off ebay last week. It was advertised as an S10, however it's actually an S10B. Does anyone know if these are superior/inferior to the S10? I am worried that we have paid too much for a model that isn't worth as much...

I don't want to email the seller and make a fuss if there's nothing to worry about.

Thank you, Paula

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 Re: Howarth S10B
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2022-09-15 19:56

The S10B was the new model made from 1998 to 2003 that replaced the older S10 that had been in production from the early '80s. The keywork was rationalised on the S10B to keep production costs down. The S10B has more utilitarian-looking keywork (the pad cup arms aren't pointed) and it has more adjusting screws than the previous ('80s) S10 as well as a low B-C link so a low B-C# trill is possible on it, making it a higher spec oboe than the older S10 in those respects.

New tooling was bought in the early 2000s so the pad cup arms could be formed to points using this machinery instead of hand-filing all the cup arms to form points (which is more costly and time consuming) and the S10B was then replaced with the new version of the S10 which is the same spec as the S10B having a narrow diameter grenadilla body, basic thumbplate system to low Bb (without the low Bb bell vent), simple/single action 8ves, LH3 C-D trill and low B-C link.

The S10B can be identified by the B stamped above the thumbrest and the serial number which has a B as the suffix. The last S10B I finished was in September 2003 (serial no. 0893B) and the first of the new S10 models was in October 2003 (0898), then they got the same letter prefix as other Howarth student model oboes (eg. G0990-G0992 and H006-H011).


Post Edited (2022-09-15 20:14)

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 Re: Howarth S10B
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2022-11-06 19:30

Did this answer your question?

It would be nice to know.


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 Re: Howarth S10B
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2022-11-08 11:36

Yeah, it would be nice...maybe in a year or more you might hear something...smh...

Bay Area, California

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