This important three silver--keyed boxwood oboe is dark stained and has no rings or ferrules. It has an onion-shaped baluster (a short decorative supporting pillar) at the top and a fish-tail touchpiece for the low C key. It is stamped on all three sections “T / STANESBY” / sunburst motif. The keyheads are flat and round with raised ring keymounts. The overall size is 590mm.
Several present-day makers offer baroque oboes modelled on this instrument.
Technical description: Dark stained boxwood with silver keys. There are no rings or ferrules. There is an onion shaped baluster at the top of the instrument. The low C key has a fish-tail touchpiece. There are two vent-holes in the bell. There is an inward flange at the base of the bell.
Keyhead type: flat, round.
Keymount type: raised rings; SATB.
The crack was repaired prior to accession.
There is a crack in the middle section at the upper end which has been repaired with a gut binding. There is a chip from the turning around the bell. The crack was repaired prior to accession.
Usable pitch: A₄ = 410 Hz.
Performance characteristics: Excellent response and intonation throughout the range, with a fine, dark and even tone quality.
Specific literature references: Halfpenny 1949, No 5; G.S. (1951) No 66; G.S. (1968) No 82; Simon 1985 p.191 No 167.
Illustration references: Vol. 1 p.78; Galpin Society Journal 2 1949, Plates II and IIIA No 3; Bate 1956, Plate II No 6; Simon 1985, p.192 No 167; Campbell at al. 2004, p.88 Figure 3.6a; workshop drawing by Dick Earle published by the Collection, 1988.