Instrument Talk Buffet Virtuose
How Buffet Crampon questioned, reinvented and crafted the oboe for the 21st century The Virtuose is the result of Buffet Crampon's 190 years of craftsmanship and constant search for innovation. The unique length of the upper joint was specially designed to allow seamless blowing through the instrument. As a result, oboists will experience flawless evenness from the highest to the lowest note and remarkable fluidity while playing. Enjoy an elegant, vibrant tone that fits perfectly with the orchestral timbre.
Buffet Crampons's inspiration came from a Buffet Crampon oboe from 1890 with an unusually long upper joint.
Now, almost 130 years later, you can experience the Virtuose, an exceptional instrument which combines the best of tradition and technology.
Our craftsmen and engineers worked side by side with the world’s best oboe players to completely redesign the bore and tone holes, bringing you the best of Buffet Crampon’s acoustics and intonation.
Enjoy an elegant, vibrant tone that fits perfectly with the orchestral timbre.
The unique length of the upper joint was specially designed to allow seamless blowing through the instrument. Crafting this delicate masterpiece requires the steadiest hand and a perfect knowledge of the wood, which has been specially treated and reinforced with Green LinS inserts to prevent cracks.
As a result, oboists will experience flawless evenness from the highest to the lowest note and remarkable fluidity while playing.
By working closely with soloists, our keymakers and engineers optimised the ergonomics of the keywork. Each key is designed for the fingers to slide smoothly and find instant contact.
The perfect balance between reliability, responsiveness, and aesthetics was found by inlaying magnets into the mechanism.
Discover the new Virtuose oboe
Extraordinary freedom. Great playing comfort. A rich and homogenous sound, filled with generosity. Even the most diverse personalities will find great expression in the Virtuose oboe.
– Key: C
– Pitch: 440/443 Hz
– Body: Grenadilla Blackwood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon) specifically treated to avoid cracks, Green LinE inserts in the crack-sensitive areas, resized upper joint to play with both hands on the same body until low D fingering (patent pending), 2 key-free, interchangeable bells: one standard, one personalised
– Case: Wood covered in black leather with thin leather handle, new: suspended instrument to maintain adjustment thanks to the accuracy of positioning, inner premium velvet lining with a silk ribbon and silver embroidered logo
– Keywork: French conservatory system, 3 octave keys, semi-automatic, natural medium C key (patent pending), indexed ferrule and inlayed magnets to connect upper and lower joints (patent pending), highly reliable keywork, silver-plated, adjustable thumbrest, gold-plated keywork optional
Pads: Cork, GT (bottom notes)
– Accessories: one-piece silk swab. Absorbent, quick to dry and adapted to the Virtuose’s bore, leather reed case (fits 3 reeds), cork grease, screwdriver, humidifier.