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 S2 or C2 ?
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2016-12-23 16:51

At the moment I have on loan a 1955 Howarth Thumb Plate Oboe for a free trial while my own Howarth S55c dual system is being serviced. What's stamped on the upper joint, lower joint and bell is the following:- Howarth C2 Maker London. The bell also has in addition to this British Made.
However, the dealer has it listed as a S2 and when I do a search on this BBoard there is no results for C2. Only S2. A bit of a mystery I think.
Its serial number is 1342. Perhaps Chris could clear this up for me.

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 Re: S2 or C2 ?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2016-12-23 20:07

It will be an S2 - the stamp on the bell should read:

& Co (the 'O' is smaller and underlined, so could look like a 2)


& Co (small underlined 'O')

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: S2 or C2 ?
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2016-12-24 01:15

Hi Chris. Thank you for your prompt response to my question. As usual, you have cleared things up. Yes, the small o is underlined and it really does look like a 2. I thought the '&' didn't make sense in the context.

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