The oboe is a double-reed instrument and a member of the woodwind family. The original name for the Oboe was Hautbois — a French word meaning “high wood,” dating back to the 17th century when the modern oboe first began its development. The first oboes were much simpler than the instruments oboists play now, originally using only three keys until the 19th century when the seven-key oboe was made. Since then, many changes and additions have been made to create the oboe as we know it today.

Sound is produced by blowing into the reed and vibrating a column of air. The distinctive oboe tone is versatile, and has been described as "bright". When the term oboe is used alone, it is generally taken to mean the standard treble instrument rather than other instruments of the family, such as the cor anglais (English horn) or the oboe d'amore.


Yamaha YOB-241 Oboe


Durable plastic oboe designed for the beginning student.

  • Upper and lower joint and bell material composed of ABS resin
  • Newly designed, highly polished bore for improved projection and tonal qualities
  • Nickel-silver bell ring
  • French taper pivot screws
  • Stainless steel springs


Yamaha YOB-441M Oboe


The YOB-441M has a modified conservatory key system that provides trill keys and necessary options applicable to classical and modern student materials.

  • Body material is Grenadilla Insert injected ABS resin (upper joint)
  • Simplified conservatoire (semi-automatic octave system)
  • Silver-plated nickel silver keys
  • Left-hand F key, Fork F resonance key, Low Bb key
Accent OB791G Oboe


All of the sound properties of a fine grenadilla wood, but without any of its susceptibility to cracking in extreme weather conditions.

  • Greenline body comprised of grenadilla wood material and epoxy
  • Full conservatory key system
  • Silver-plated keywork
  • Left hand F and F resonance keys.
  • Articulated C#, double G# and Eb keys, plus the third octave key all allow the performer greater agility and the potential for smoother finger movement.
  • Includes deluxe case with cordura case cover and shoulder strap.