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JP181 C Oboe
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JP181 C Oboe

The JP181 C Oboe, available both as a dual system model and also in a Conservatoire configuration, is a highly popular and well performing full system C Oboe capable of taking novice players to the top of their ability. Featuring a high level of specification for a student model, the JP181 comes highly recommended by Max Spiers of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Having personally tested the instrument, Max said "the triumph of these instruments is that they really ring. The natural sound of them encourages a warm tone and the scale is even and smooth. They slur all the awkward intervals effortlessly and feel nicely stable."

The JP181 and JP181C feature good quality white leather padding and a strong, well designed keywork. Both variants include an adjustable thumb rest as standard and silver plated plateau key throughout. Constructed from ebonite, the JP181 & JP181C are lightweight, durable and require less maintenance compared to wooden models.
  
Models
JP181 C Oboe (Dual System)
JP181C C Oboe (Conservatoire)
Key :
C
Body :
Ebonite body
Keywork :
Advanced dual system keywork, Silver plated keys, Plateau keys
Additional features :
Adjustable thumb rest
Supplied with :
Lightweight case, Cork grease
The JP181 C Oboe, available both as a dual system model and also in a Conservatoire configuration, is a highly popular and well performing full system C Oboe capable of taking novice players to the top of their ability. Featuring a high level of specification for a student model, the JP181 comes highly recommended by Max Spiers of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Having personally tested the instrument, Max said "the triumph of these instruments is that they really ring. The natural sound of them encourages a warm tone and the scale is even and smooth. They slur all the awkward intervals effortlessly and feel nicely stable."

The JP181 and JP181C feature good quality white leather padding and a strong, well designed keywork. Both variants include an adjustable thumb rest as standard and silver plated plateau key throughout. Constructed from ebonite, the JP181 & JP181C are lightweight, durable and require less maintenance compared to wooden models.

The JP181 C Oboe is supplied with high quality case with hard cased interior and a canvas outer covering. The case includes an internal dust cover and small compartment for reeds and other small accessories. The case is supplied with a comfortable shoulder strap and external storage pocket for storing music and larger accessories.

All JP Musical Instruments are covered by our comprehensive 2 year warranty. Visit our Warranty Information page for full terms and conditions.

Customer Reviews

  • Author: Maxwell Spiers - Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    "Never ones to rest on laurels, John Packers have recently furthered their JP181 project to bring the oboe to young, (or even not-so- young) beginners at a fraction of the cost to what would normally be associated with prohibitively expensive orchestral instruments. I reviewed the first example very favourably with just a few misgivings. Those now seem to have been tidied up and ironed out - the new JP181 is greatly improved.

    The padding is now much more akin to that of an intermediate instrument with white leather pads on the low notes. These will give a better seal, are less noisy and will cause less trouble over time. The cork pads are thinner and less spongy and keywork has been vastly improved. The mechanism is now much neater and stronger with sensibly placed adjusting screws that don't require a screwdriver with the width of a leprechaun's finger nail and the leverage of a pickax to adjust, as some other makers of student instruments do... The JP181 also seem to be up to pitch now where previously they were a little low.

    Still the triumph of these instruments is that they really ring. The natural sound of them encourages a warm tone and the scale is even and smooth. They slur all the awkward intervals effortlessly and feel nicely stable.

    More innovations can be found in a pre-JP181 form with a brand new instrument specifically designed as an introduction to the oboe for the first few terms of study. The JP081 is very light-weight and I'm told will incorporate that all-important adjustable thumb rest, so essential for little fingers and hands. Keywork is the absolute minimum but will facilitate progress up to about grade III level. Designed with the local music education service in mind, these are retailing for half the price of the JP181 and so can offer a two- for-one option to authorities for introducing the oboe to young people. Acoustically, they blow almost identically to the JP181 and in fact, one very respected teacher who tried the example I had to review, thought it made a slightly better sound!

    Exciting innovations then at the cutting edge of modern instrument manufacturing technology from John Packers. It is so refreshing to find a company who are really willing to listen to the professional players and then act upon their advice, and the improved results should keep this line at the forefront of instruments of this price range - surely the first choice for students and educational authorities alike."
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