Saxo-oboe, nominal pitch: C
DescriptionThis silver or (probably) silver-plated instrument is built in two sections without a separate bell. Some keys have rollers (as on the saxophone) and overall the keywork and fingering operate as on the modern saxophone. The instrument is inscribed on the bell “V. KOHLERT / SONS / GRASLITZ / BOHEMIA” within three double circles with flowers and leaves above and below. There is a separate metal mouthpiece with metal ligature suitable for a single reed as an alternative to the double reed. Both are stamped V. KOHLERT / SOHNE / GRASLITZ” shaped in circle. The instrument has an original case. Although the usable pitch is possible A4 = 435 Hz, the condition of the keywork unfortunately precludes any assessment of the instrument’s performance characteristics. Technical description: Silver or silver plated. Built in 2 sections - the bell is not separate although the low B♭ key has a separate linkage as if the bell could be removed. The R4 keys have rollers as on the saxophone. The L4 low C♯ and low B keys have rollers but not the Low B♭ key which is mounted over the low|B key. The keywork operates as on the modern saxophone, the only differences being; firstly the rings on L3 and R1, 2 and 3 and secondly the G♯ key is not duplicated by the other L4 keys. The narrow bore of the instrument means that the supports for L0 and R0 are mounted away from the instrument. The tenon is corked. There is a support for a music holder on the lower joint above the R1 hole. L0: sup.; 8. L1: P; bis key; high D; high D♯. L2: P; high F. L3: R. L4: G♯; low C♯; low B; low B♭. R0: sup. R1: R; B♭; C-alt; high E. R2: R. R3: R; F♯-alt. R4: E♭; low C. Keymount type: pillars. Keyhead type: cups. Repair History: The support for a music holder has been added with visible solder.
ProvenancePurchased with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions (administered for the Government by the National Museums of Scotland), 2005.