Howart S5 – £2800

Howarth of London (T W Howarth & Co. Ltd) have been the leading UK maker of oboes for over 50 years and the quality of their engineering is probably the best in the world.

The S5 oboe – Howarth’s ‘Gillet’ model, became the favourite of many professional players from around the 1970’s and was in production until about 10 years ago when it became available on ‘special order’ only having been superseded by the ‘XL’ model. The S5 and the XL ran side by side for many years.