The Covey oboe is designed in response to the needs expressed by professional
oboists. The bore shape, tone hole shapes and locations are a result of Mr.
Covey's research and close working relationship with a number of highly
respected oboists. The result is an instrument with dark centered tone,
excellent projection, flexible nuance, even scale and sensitive linkage.
The tone of the Covey oboe is warm, resonant, solid, and centered with a
dense texture. These qualities give depth and character to short notes as
well as long notes. They also give excellent sound projection in all
performance situations. Players can use a wider range of reeds than on
brighter oboes to achieve the sound and handling characteristics they want.
This, and our oboes' flexibility, aid in the bending of color and pitch to
create the musical line.
The Covey oboe has a key mechanism that feels smooth, small and
comfortable to the hands. Key shape, key placement, and spring tensions are
designed to help the oboist's technique. Each instrument is hand-assembled in
our small shop, from installation of posts to soldering and fitting of keys
and springs. In assembling the keys on their rods and between their posts,
great care is taken to make them an exact fit, thus preventing poor pad
seating and lost motion. This attention to detail makes slurs smooth, permits
light finger pressure and allows true full note production in fast technical
The scale on the Covey oboe was developed as a result of intense research
and discussion with oboists; as a result, particular care is taken in these
- The low register notes
are in tune with the rest of the oboe.
- The low register C# is
one half step above the C natural and one half step below the D natural.
It is not flat as on many other oboes.
- The left hand notes on
both registers are dark, having sufficient resistance and color to match
notes in the right hand.
- The middle D natural
is warm, resonant and not sharp in pitch or low in color.
- The middle register E
natural is stable, in tune and resonates with a full tone.
- The middle F natural
is not flat in pitch and color.
- The middle F# and G natural
are up in pitch and color. They do not require special reed scraping or
pinching the reed.
- Slurs to the upper C#
and D natural are made easier by tuning them slightly lower.
- The extreme high
register is in tune and easy to slur to or articulate.
- Lock screws are put on
all pivot screw posts and all posts near the end of a joint to prevent
the posts from turning.
- Delrin inserts line
all top and bottom joint tone holes to keep the instrument working even
if it cracks, improve pad seating and ease pad maintenance.
All Covey Oboes
- All Grenadilla wood
body, professional model instrument.
silver-plated, nickel silver keys.
- Impeccable scale,
- Full conservatory
system key-work, including left F, split E, F resonance, articulated G#, Eb and C#, and,
on the Traditional model, 3rd octave key and low B-flat resonance key on
- Fully inserted tone
holes in the top and bottom joints for better sealing, reduction of
maintenance costs, and protection in the event of a crack.
- Solid walnut case or
black leather over wood case, with
case cover, Starrett screwdriver and, of
course, a cork grease holder.
- Third octave key -
standard on our Traditional oboes
- Philadelphia high D key -
standard on our oboes
Oboists considering purchasing a Covey oboe will be sent instruments
from which to choose. A week trial period is standard.
Your Covey Oboe
To purchase a Covey oboe, please contact Shawna Lake, of OboeChicago,
847-815-9644, to verify price,
options and delivery date.
Please see "New Instruments" tab for current pricing.
As a new Covey oboe owner, you are protected by a full
year warranty, covering workmanship, tuning refinements, crack repair, and minor adjustments. We ask that you call and describe what you need, and ship the oboe to us. We will then correct the problem and return it to you... we want satisfied Covey players.
Paul Covey: Student of Oboes
Paul Covey was John Mack's first oboe graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1970, after working with repairman Hans Moennig in Philadelphia, he founded his own shop in Baltimore. This shop then grew into Paul Covey, Inc.: builders of the Covey oboe, woodwind repairers and suppliers of all kinds of oboe accessories. In October 1996, the shop moved to Atlanta, included a new business partner, Ginger Ramsay, and became officially Covey Oboes.
In 2007 Covey
Oboes moved to