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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).

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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

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