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John Packer JP081 Oboe (Thumb Plate)

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The John Packer JP081 is an ideal Oboe for younger beginners due to the lightweight construction and the reduced keywork.

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Our price £1,045.38 exc. VAT

RRP: £1,499.23

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The JP081 Oboe is available for hire. Find out more.

Suitable for

The John Packer JP081 is an ideal Oboe for younger beginners due to the lightweight construction and the reduced keywork. These construction features make the John Packer JP081 Oboe a capable instrument to aid you to work towards entry level grades before you need to upgrade to a model requiring more keywork.

Especially popular within the UK Education sector, the John Packer JP081 has been described as "an exciting innovation at the cutting edge of modern instrument manufacturing technology" 

Unique benefits

An affordable reliable student Oboe which incorporates strong silver plated keywork with plateau keys enabling a more natural playing position. The thumb-rest is adjustable to accommodate most hand sizes.

All JP Instruments are covered by a comprehensive 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects. Please note this does not cover aesthetic or finish faults. For full terms & conditions visit the JP Musical Instruments website.‚Äč

Supplied with

The JP081 is supplied with a John Packer JP8081 Oboe Case and accessory pack containing cork grease and a cleaning cloth.


  • Model: JP081
  • Key: C
  • Material:  Resin
  • Keywork: Silver Plated
  • Mechanism: Thumb Plate
  • Finish: Black
  • Lyre Box: No
  • Additional Features: Lightweight, Adjustable thumb rest
  • Supplied With:  Corkgrease and cleaning cloth
Customer Reviews

1 Review

  • Review of the JP081 by Nikki Bloomfield

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    I have been delightfully pleased by the 081 since taking it home. My early impression is of a well made, extremely light oboe with excellent intonation throughout the range. I have been playing it on a medium strength reed and have been very impressed with the stability it exhibits. Far better than most student oboes I've had the (dis)pleasure of playing.

    After a few minutes of playing I was able to pop out three octaves of chromatic scale from B to B. The tuning was spot on, and my only criticism so far is the propensity of the octave boxes to fill up with water almost instantly. That could be caused by the weather, however!

    As a quick litmus test I recorded the same study on both the 081 and my own oboe, a 10-year old Marixgaux 901. It has served me well and has been all over the world, playing in everything from classical concerts to rock bands.

    I recorded the same study on the same reed but different oboes, recording each once. The only editing which was done was a level normalisation and splicing of the two performances together, one after the other. I then encoded this as an MP3 and posted up on my personal website, along with a plea to fellow musicians and friends alike to listen and see if they could tell the difference.

    Of those who have commented publicly and privately, two oboists thought that the 081 was the marigaux. Two thought I was actually pulling the wool over their eyes and had recorded the piece twice on the same instrument. The rest, about ten people thus far, could spot the more expensive marigaux but conceded that the quality of tone from the 081 was far superior to anything they had heard from a student oboe for a very long time.

    I'll continue to play it daily and hope that in a few weeks I'll be able to give it a thorough review. So far I love it! I'll certainly be showing it to all my colleagues and clients alike, including Kevin Murphy. I hope he likes it as much as he liked the Baritone Saxophone he recently purchased for Wells.


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