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The Expression oboe was born in the 1990s.

It developed and evolved from our productive exchange with musicians, always looking for greater ease of play and projection. The result was a bright, even-sounding oboe, embodying the rich, colorful sound signature so characteristic of Rigoutat.

The Expression oboe has inherited unrivalled adaptability and great comfort of use, pushed to its maximum potential, in the orchestra.

The versatility and fluidity of the Expression oboe give artists the chance to wield the sound, letting them “express” themselves.

Today, it remains the first choice for many professional musicians all over the world.

The composite material is available as an option to strengthen the top joint and reduce the risk of cracks, allowing the musician to play confidently at all times.

What fans of the Expression Oboe have to say about it


Principal Oboe at the Orchestre National de France

I had an Expression that I will remember all my life. I loved it! I remember an instrument that sang out.

Claire Bagot

Principal Oboe of the Orchestre National de Lille

It’s my means of expression. The name is very apt.

Sébastien Giot

Oboe Soloist for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Professor in the Conservatoire de Strasbourg et à l’Académie Supérieur des Arts du Rhin

The Expression is a very beautiful instrument that brings me a great deal of satisfaction. I won a lot of competitions with this oboe. It has an intimate quality and, at the same time, a lot of flexibility and a beautiful, natural sound signature. The J and the Expression are both stable instruments, precise, always upfront – so that suits me.


French Oboist, Soloist, Chamber Musician and Oboe Professor

The Expression is all about suppleness, in how it’s played and how it projects.

Technical specifications

  • Key : C
  • Pitch : 442 Hz
  • Body : African Grenadilla wood (Dalbergia Melanoxylon)
  • Octave Keys : 3º, semi-automatic
  • Keywork finish : Silver-plated nickel silver
  • System : Full conservatory System, semi-automatic (full automatic as an option)
  • Pads : Cork, Leather for the low register
  • Thumb rest : Fix (adjustable as an option)
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