The most common oboes play in the treble or soprano range and tend to be made out of wood, although synthetic materials are now becoming more popular. The instrument features a conical bore and a flared bell which produces a bright, distinctive tone. Unlike the Cor Anglais, the Oboe's reed is installed directly into the instrument rather than via a crook. When choosing an Oboe it is important to be aware of the difference between 'thumbplate' and 'conservatoire' models as these have different fingering. Some dual models offer a dual system to enable access to both.
Student oboes like the JP081 are available from £655. Professional models like a Rigoutat can cost up to £6,200. Common oboe manufacturers include Loree, Fossati, Howarth, Patricola, Buffet, Yamaha and JP.