A Case for the Bass Oboe

I’ve been thinking about the oboe family a lot lately.  I made a realization about it recently.  Actually, several realizations.

Number one: the Oboe itself has the smallest usable range of any woodwind instrument at only an two-and-a-half octaves.  All other woodwinds have a minimum of three octaves (Bassoon and clarinets have at least three-and-a-half).  But not the oboe.

oboe range 2

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