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Born out of the necessity to improve on the classic and historic model par excellence of Maison Rigoutat, the Expression oboe came into the world in the 1990s. It has evolved and flourished thanks to our valuable contact with musicians, who are always looking for ease of play and greater projection. The Expression oboe has inherited unrivalled suppleness and great comfort of use in the orchestra. Today, it remains the first choice for many professional musicians all over the world.

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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