(I tend to think of oboes in the same way I think about cameras. If you know me you might know what I mean. If not, well … I guess you can always ask!)

Yamaha introduces the YOB-831 & YOB-831L oboes-long-awaited updates that increase warmth in the sound while retaining the bright and responsive feel for the player.
New features include a redesigned, thicker bell along with a unique taper and flare that promote a powerful sound with rich overtones. A new tone hole design has well-defined edges to provide increased resonance.
Additionally, unprecedented consistency and production precision of the 831L Duet+ model is due to the “ebonite” upper joint liner. The synthetic wood doesn’t contract or expand, resulting in outstanding overall performance and reliability.
“Players are increasingly demanding high-quality and even higher-performing instruments,” said Brian Petterson, marketing manager, wind instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Increasing the range of tone colors to include the warmer end of the spectrum will make this oboe increasingly popular with modern professionals and students alike. The consistent high quality in production expertly combines craftsmanship and technology, and the greatly increased range of sound characters make this oboe more exciting than anything else currently on the market.”
Pricing and Availability
Yamaha YOB-831 (MSRP: $9,239) and YOB-831L (MSRP: $10,608) will ship in January 2018.
For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2018 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 25-28, 2018, or 4wrd.it/YamahaOboes

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