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 Re: Low B-flat key closes low C vent
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-12-14 14:48

What make/model oboe have you got?

Sounds like it has a low B-C link whereby the low C key will be closed along with the low B or Bb keys. That's favoured in the UK, Germany and Italy, but not all that common or desired elsewhere.

On most oboes it can't be fully disengaged due to how tight the low B-C link is fitted without doing some cutting back of the adjusting screw pip on the arm at the lower end of the low C key, but on others (such as Howarth oboes from the last 30 years or thereabouts) the low B-C linkage arm is either set so the screw can be backed off completely to disengage it fully, or the arm can be bent up to disengage it (and the screw can be wound down to fully engage it again), but have that done by an oboe specialist in any case.

If you like that feature (which makes a low Bb-Eb and low B-D# slur much easier), then use the G# key for your altissimo Eb instead of the low B key.


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