Instrument of conical tube and doble reed, which assumes the soprano or mezzo voice in the wood family. The oboe family sometimes incorporates other members, such as the English horn or the love oboe. It is the smallest double-reeded instrument in the orchestra.
Traditionally made of ebony or granadillo wood, can also be made of cocobolo; the instrument is made in three parts. The upper joint has 10 or 11 holes, most of which are manipulated by the musician’s left hand. The lower joint also has 10 holes, for most of which the player uses his right hand.