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 Re: intonation on english horn
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2020-01-04 00:48
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If it's a Loree, chances are it was built and tuned without the low Bb extension fitted as they're mostly played in this manner and the low Bb extension and extra keywork was a special order.

I've seen a Loree bass oboe built to the same spec with a separate keyed low Bb extension and with all the keywork to make it fully chromatic.

I had a low Bb barrel made for my Marigaux cor around fifteen years after I bought the cor - it's a keyed extension and links to the bell key link on the lower joint so I can get a low Bb with the low B key when it's engaged, but I lose the low B natural. Disengaging it whilst fitted (turning it a few degrees just to de-link it) will revert it to low B natural.

Mine's not a fully chromatic/fully keyed extension, but is very handy for playing Mahler - I recently played Mahler 1 and had to leave it disengaged for the 1st movement, engage it for the 3rd movement to a point and then disengage it again for the end of the 3rd movement. A fully keyed/chromatic low Bb extension would be much better in this instance even though there was ample time to engage/disengage it.

Howarth XL cors are supplied with a low Bb barrel, but that's a plain wooden one with no keywork/tonehole which means fitting it between the lower joint and bell for low Bb or removing it and refitting the bell for low B natural. That's fine if there's plenty of time between playing anything requiring low Bb and anything else with a low B natural, but not if both low Bb and B are together within the same bar.

I recently overhauled an old Theo Markardt cor (the second I've seen) and that was purposely built to low Bb with all the keywork on the lower joint and a regular keyless cor bell (see attachment).

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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