This boxwood oboe has silver keys, and a cylindrical reed well lined with German silver which is almost certainly a later addition. There is an onion-shaped balaster at the top of the instrument and an (ornamental) fish-tail touchpiece despite there being no third key. The keyheads are flat and the inwardly curving edges of the octagonal keys produces an attractive star effect. The springs are missing from both keys but, in performance (at usable pitch A4 = 423 Hz) the instrument is very responsive, with very good intonation and an excellent, even tone quality. The lower register is particularly precise in attack.
Technical description: Boxwood with silver keys. The cylindrical reed well is lined with german silver. There are no ivory rings. There is an onion shaped baluster at the top of the instrument. Despite there being no third key the 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. Keymount type: raised rings; SATK. Keyhead type: flat, octagonal keys with inwardly curving edges giving a star effect.
Repair History: The cylindrical reed well and its lining are almost certainly later additions.
Purchased by H.I.|Brackenbury for £0/10/0.; Government allocation to the University, 1991.