The reputation of F.Lorée instruments is based on both tradition and advanced techniques.
Indeed, they are still handcrafted from carefully selected pieces of grenadilla wood from Mozambique (« Forest Stewardship Council » (FSC) certified) stored for more than five years. According to time-honored traditions, keys are made in solid nickel-silver then plated with a thick coat of silver or gold. Highly technical means of measure and control reduce tolerances in the fitting of the keys which can then react to the highest velocity and in silence for studio work and concert. Because it improves the reliability of the adjustments, the use of cork pads throughout the instrument contributes to an easy sound emission even after years of performances.
F.Lorée strives for perfection through the development of a permanent staff training program and encouraging an active participation of the technicians in quality control. The ultimate finishing is manual but the control of tuning uses the most advanced electronic equipment available.
In 2010, the company was awarded the State label "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" ("Living Heritage Company", or EPV) that rewards French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills.
Founded in 1893, CABART became part of the de Gourdon company in 1974. CABART is the stamp of well-made student oboes and English horns with close tolerances, key-fitting, and cork pads throughout the instruments. Because of their high standard of manufacture combined with precise and stable tuning, CABART is, very often, the most promising student choice.