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Home > Woodwinds > Double Reed Instruments > Oboes > Professional Oboes > Fossati Model S Oboe

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Item #: 472749
Mfg #: A01

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Product Overview

Symphonic quality handmade oboe.

  • Rhodium plated keywork
    Select aged Grenadilla
    Handmade by skilled artisans
    Imprccasble intonation
    Beautiful tone
Product Details

Fossati Model S Oboe

Symphonic quality oboe with Grenadilla wood body, specially selected and aged. This is an instrument worthy of a position in a major symphony. Even intonation, broad dynamic range and a beautiful, rich tone are the hallmarks of Fossati instruments, and the Model S is an exquisite reflection of Fossati's craftsmanship and philosophy.

Gerard Fossati created his first instrument in 1983, bringing to it his already extensive skills and experience. He also showed a strong desire to improve oboe-making in general. His wish has always been the optimization of the whole instrument (i.e mechanics, sound, intonation) so as to suit best musicians' expectations.

Thanks to the combination of his know-how and to the use of new technologies (CAD for R&D, numeric lathe for production), Fossati instruments have acquired a forever lasting reliability. 20 years after the setting up of the firm, this alchemy has made the Fossati brand an important name on the international oboe market. Gerard Fossati believes that musicians have to be at the core of his thoughts in the process of instrument making. This is why he works ´ hand in hand ª with many players.

These meetings have allowed Fossati to develop a complete range of instruments (oboes, english horns, oboes d'amore and bass oboes). Each of the instruments is tested by a professional musician : Michel Benet, who is the principal oboist at Orchestre de Paris, tunes the professional oboe gamut. Fabrice Melinon, who is principal oboist at l'Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg, tunes the student oboe range. Jean-Christophe Gayot, who is Oboe solo at l'Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France tunes the Oboe d'amore range. Jean-Marc Liet, principal oboist and english hornist in the 2E2M ensemble tunes the english horn and bass oboe range.

Today around 20 people make more than 700 instruments a year in Fossati's factory based in Montargis (South of Paris). The company also owns a repairing shop located in Paris, nearby the Conservatoire National SupÈrieur de Musique. Since 1983, the same passion has nourished the Fossati's team. That very same passion that has led Fossati to constantly look for solutions to oboists' problems.

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  • Body: Grenadilla
    Case: Professional case with case cover
    Fossati's innovations: Double tenon ring, New "Aera" tenon cap, One trill key system, Left hand reversed adjustment, 2nd octave stop, Adjustment for low Bb, Rhodium plated
    Keywork finishing: Silver and Rhodium plated, Leather pads on the low notes, Easier adjustments and esthetic improved
    Specifications: F left key, F fork resonance, 3rd octave key, Philadelphia system
    System(s): Semi automatic, SystËme auto, Thumb plate
    Trill keys: All trills
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4 out of 4 People found this review helpful

Excellent instrument!

By Antoine from France on 2/17/2011 1:27:56 PM

I use to play this instrument for many years now, it has a excellent response, free blowing combined with enough resistance to have a perfect control over all registers. You can use it in any type of situation: solo orchestra playing, chamber music... it work well in any situation. This features a state of the art mechanical devices, such as the "one trill key system" to prevent from cracking, High D facilitator, platinum keywork...awesome oboe for a very good price! However your company should provide the latest models of FOSSATI oboes: this model here is a model of bore that does not exist anymore at Fossati! The Soliste V, the Anniversary oboe and Soliste MB oboe are now the top of the range, with darker tones, perfect tuning and evenness...they match american style of reeds much better!

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