New to Buffet’s student range of instruments, the Prodige Oboe has been carefully designed and crafted with progressing students in mind. At Normans we stock the simplified, semi-automatic thumb plate system, which is well suited to young players and students, particularly in the UK where the English Thumb Plate is a popular oboe set-up.

Manufactured from selected African Blackwood, the oboe features a protective Luracast (resin) bore lining, and an external satin varnish, to offer greater protection against cracks occurring in the delicate wooden body. The Prodige has been designed with and ease of projection, accurate pitch and a consistent sound, so that the player will be encouraged to progress with their playing.

The key layout has been refined by Buffet for this particular model, with a more ergonomic placement of spatula and plateau keys making the oboe comfortable to hold and play for all hand sizes. The key-work is forged and silver-plated to give a lasting finish and a good grip under the fingers. The keys are padded in a combination of cork and double skin, making them durable and air tight, creating a good seal against air leaks.

The Prodige Oboe is supplied in Buffet’s “Pochette” wooden case with an outer fabric cover offering great protection to the instrument when it is being taken to school/rehearsals/practice sessions etc. The oboe is also supplied with a plastic reed box and one reed to get you started.

The new student oboe by Buffet is an excellent choice for students and keen amateurs alike, and the improvements that have been made means the Prodige, is a durable, sturdy instrument with an excellent tone and accuracy of pitch.

If you would like more information about oboes then please contact our sales team on 01283 535333 (option 1), or by email sales@normans.co.uk

About the author

A graduate from the University of Huddersfield Music Department, Isabelle has played both Clarinet and Saxophone for over 13 years, in many ensembles both in the Staffordshire area and at university, and currently performs in a function band. With her experience of woodwind and performance, this is obviously what she loves to write about.

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