Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Oboe, or Hautboy, a wind-instrument of wood in which the tone is produced by means of a double reed of cane fastened by silk thread to a short metal staple. This staple is attached to the uppermost of the three joints of which the instrument, as now made, consists. The lowest joint has an outward curve like that of a bell. The compass is commonly from B below the stave to F in alt. The oboe has a rich, though small, tone, and is used in the orchestra to give the pitch (in the key of C) to other instruments.

“Are you dejected? here is comfort. Are you sinful? here is righteousness. Are you led away with present enjoyments? here you have honours, and pleasures, and all in Christ Jesus. You have a right to common pleasures that others have, and besides them you have interest in others that are everlasting, that shall never fail; so that there is nothing that is dejecting and abasing in man, but there is comfort for it in Christ Jesus.”
–Richard Sibbes, Description of Christ