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Howarth LXV CocoJazz PURPLE Oboe


Prestige professional model Oboe with new French style bore. One-of-a-kind PURPLE SWIRL body design. Full synthetic body with GOLD plated keywork. Thicker top joint for a darker sound with more projection.

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This unique instrument was manufactured in 2021 as a proof of concept to show the world that a synthetic oboe can look as brilliant as the wonderful iconic sound of an LXV. The Grade-A German hard rubber has a vibrant purple swirl and the keywork has been Gold Plated. This oboe is built to make a statement and survive harsh environments. You would be surprised at the tonal qualities of this instrument - come in and give it a try or contact me to arrange a free trial anywhere in Australia! 

Howarth professional oboes have been developed to fulfil the demands and expectations of the world’s finest players. Working with eminent oboists we have now created three prestige professional model instruments to satisfy individual players’ stylistic and technical requirements. These oboes are found in the greatest orchestras worldwide, and are played by many of the finest solo artists of international repute.

Handmade by our most experienced craftsmen, the accuracy and fine tolerances used during the manufacturing stage give a clean, quick action allowing a musician to play with confidence. Each oboe has a flexible diversity of tone giving the freedom to perform with great elegance and character.

"Howarth oboes have always been special...that elusive flexibility of sound which enables a player to find his or her own voice on the instrument." Gordon Hunt, The Philharmonia Orchestra, London

Howarth professional oboes are available in either high density Grenadilla (dalbergia melanoxylon) or in Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa) or in this case, Grade A German Hard Rubber. The density of the Blackwood gives a dark and powerful sound, enhancing the projection. Cocobolo is a lighter, lower density wood which produces a warm, rich palette, offering a distinct alternative in timbre. Hard Rubber closely mimics the qualities of Grenadilla hardwood. Our professional oboes have metal socket liners and metal sleeved tenons, offering greater protection and durability to the instrument and better mechanical security. The keywork is finished in a generous layer of silver plate. Gold plating is available to special order.

The LXV model has been carefully designed for the exacting demands of professional performers, taking into consideration the desired sound and response from the instrument. The LXV is the newest oboe in our collection and combines the thicker walls of the XL with the smaller bore of the XM to give an instrument with powerful projection and a continental dark sound.

Howarth professional oboes are supplied in a bespoke solid wood case lined with green velvet. The case is protected by a Howarth professional oboe case cover.

Contact us today for a free no-obligation trial anywhere in Australia.


Newly designed 'French Style' bore.

Hard gold plated keywork

Special unique PURPLE SWIRL body made from Grade A German hard rubber

Stable in all weather conditions.

Trademark intonation stability

Unique weight distribution for stability of tone and ergonomic comfort.

Thumbplate system optional upon request


What’s Included

Premium wooden case with soft green velvet lining

Howarth protective case cover with pockets and shoulder strap

cork grease

three pax reed case

polishing cloth and Howarth silk pull-through

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all instruments come with a warranty?

All new instruments come with a minimum 24 month warranty on repairs and we will take care of all servicing and cleaning within the first 12 months upon request. All second hand instruments come with a 6 month guarantee from the date of purchase.

Can you service my instruments?

Consortium Music is owned and operated by a team of specialist Brass and Woodwind repair technicians, we are a full service workshop from general maintenance to major repairs and custom builds. Whether you are local or interstate, we can advise you on the best way to get your instrument here for specialist care.

How much is shipping?

All orders over $100 are shipped free within Australia. Orders less than $100 will be shipped at cost (usually $10-$30) depending on the size of the Australia Post satchel.

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