Woodwind instruments have been made of metal to help them withstand the adverse environmental conditions to which some instruments are subjected, such as those experienced by players travelling to arid climates or the tropics. The thin walls of a metal woodwind instrument give a better picture of the true bore of an instrument such as the oboe than the thick walls of the more common wooden versions. Metal oboes are rare, never having been made in the same numbers as flutes and clarinets. One very important bonus with this particular instrument is the presence of a single reed oboe mouthpiece. This oboe would like all oboes normally be played with a double reed, but the use of a single reed mouthpiece was an important alternative. Purchased with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions, administered with Government funds by the National Museums of Scotland.