24. July 2009 · 9 comments · Categories: News, Oboe

Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, has announced the new YOB-841L custom oboe. Developed in close cooperation with the principal oboists of some of America’s top orchestras, the new oboe features a lined upper joint and toneholes for increased durability and resistance to wood cracking.

“The technology used in the lining of the upper joint and toneholes makes this oboe more versatile than ever,” says Jonathan Goldman, product marketing specialist, Yamaha Wind Instruments. “We know that oboists across the country will appreciate the increased tonality and projection of this model.”

The YOB-841L features an “open” bore configuration optimized to match “American” style reeds. This inner bore shape is complemented by tapered tone-holes with conical undercutting for a dark silky tone with a focused center. The increased durability expands the opportunities of playing situations for the oboe.

I read it here. I wonder if those who are currently at the 2009 IDRS convention are getting to see this oboe and try it out.

I had so hoped that I’d get to England for this convention, but money and life chose otherwise. Oh well.


  1. There were some at last year’s conference. They were quite nice and seemed to me to play very much like the traditional unlined models. I came close to buying one, but ended up with an unlined one that I liked a little better (and cost a little less, too).

  2. Veering off-topic: There is an interesting quote in the interview with bassoonist Fabio Cury on the IDRS site: “…and I am really glad I didn’t go for my second option: the French horn.”


  3. Gee, so they aren’t new then? Annoying when I read incorrect info, believe it, and post it. 🙁

    Tim, great quote! Might have to use that sometime. 🙂

  4. One wonders WHY Fabio didn’t go for his second option! LOL

    Yamaha is an amazing maker of instruments, of all types. Not too many companies can claim that. I would imagine that the new oboe model would be respectable, at least.

    I play a Yamaha (French) horn.

  5. Well, Tim went for the FH option earlier and now HE is moving to oboe. Did he get smarter? Dumber? Was it a lose/lose kinda thing? Hmmm. (Tim, you want to answer that?!)

    Some of my students use the student model Yamahas. They are one of the few I recommend, actually.

  6. Oboe parts are generally better than horn parts, and how could I go from horn to something like flute or clarinet (my wife already plays the bassoon and I’ve already tried trumpet and trombone). And, after all, I’ve played in woodwind quintets and other woodwind ensembles (the horn is just that way, I guess – doesn’t make the woodwinds nervous). Plus I just like it (what can I say). Shoot, originally I wanted to be a drummer. Oh, and the case is lighter…

    I admit I like the MCW oboe you found for me much better than the plastic Yamaha I was renting, but that was, after all, a rental student model (is that a scary juxtaposition of those three words or what).

    Horn-wise I have a Texas 8D (yes, I know – stop making that face!) and a Holton 279 – the valves on the Holton are disappointing, but it’s much less fatiguing when playing, say, Gilbert and Sullivan shows (I think the first act finale from Iolanthe takes up at least a third of the entire first act, and it’s mostly quarter notes at or above the top of the staff). Plus I like the chopped bell. I had the 8D modified to make it easier to tune and added a water key on the lead pipe. If money were no object I would absolutely love to check out some other horns – maybe a Schmid or a Finke or a Paxman or an Alexander or…

    Right now, I’m more interested in getting a nice cor anglais, but I can’t think of any way to convince my wife that we should buy one (at least, not until we’ve finished paying for the fourth-grader’s college). Funny thing – there aren’t a lot of books that double on oboe, French horn and English horn. Well, there was that one, but my kazoo chops are really feeble (and tambourine parts just scare me) so I turned it down…

    Hey, who enabled my ramble-mode? Dagnabbit. Sorry for the very long comment.

  7. I’m so glad you found such a good oboe, Tim! I have decided the MCW is a fabulous instrument. (Besides, Mark is a great guy!)

    As to what horn you play, Cameron might have opinions, but I sure don’t.

    English horn, eh? Well, you can dream ….

  8. If those were the lined Kingwood oboes they had at the 2008 convention, then yes, they were extremely well-made. I liked it a lot!

  9. I wonder why the news is just coming out now? Or could it be this is yet another new oboe?