The Howarth instruments are our current best offering for players & parents who are in need of a high quality oboe but need to be conscience of the price. Howarth is based in London and makes their instruments entirely there in London. They use exceptionally well seasoned Grenadilla and have a build quality that is outstanding. The S20C is their main intermediate model oboe, designed for the advancing student player who needs a great playing instrument without sacrifice. The S20C has an excellent tone and reliable tuning while offering the majority of the key mechanisms from the conservatory system. Mechanism,The Howarth S20C features a modern conservatory key system with MANY of the professional features that customers and teachers are looking for.