This African blackwood instrument has keys that are probably silver-plated and the reed well and sockets are also lined with metal. It is stamped on all 3 sections “F.LORéE” / five-pointed star / “PARIS”. It is tuned to ‘Old Philharmonic Pitch’ (A’ = 453 Hz).
Although it has a few leaks and the mechanism is a little sluggish, the instrument is generally in very good condition. Using a smaller reed than would be used for a modern oboe, the instrument has a clear, bright tome quality with excellent attack and intonation. It is accompanied by a fitted leather case with reeds and accessories
Technical description: African blackwood with keys probably silver-plated. Reed well and sockets also lined with metal. Simple octave keys. The G♯ key and L3 ring lower the L1 plate. Depressing the low C key lowers the R2 plate and R3 ring and closes the brille.
L0: TP; 8.1. L1: PP; 8.2; spat. L2: R; Dtr-alt. L3: R; D♭tr. L4: G♯; low B; low B♭; E♭-alt; F-alt. R0: sup. R1: R; TP-alt. R2: PP. R3: R; F. R4: low C; C♯; E♭.
ex- Michael Whewell Collection.; on loan to the Collection.