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 Re: B&H Imperial Oboe
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2019-01-06 19:17

With the thumbplate held down you can use conservatoire system fingerings as seen in any fingering chart.

On these oboes, you'll most likely have to do a low B-C# slur or trill by holding down the low B key and trilling with the RH C# key provided it's fitted with a low B-C link where the low B key will close the low C key with it (if fitted and correctly adjusted).

For an Ab-Bb (G#-A#) trill, play Ab (G#) and trill with the upper side key - the lower one is the G-Ab trill key. That same upper side key also gives you an excellent altissimo F# when used along with the altissimo F fingering (just like the side Bb key does on saxes when using the front F fingering).

You do have the choice of which Bb and C you use - either use the conservatoire fingerings or you'll most likely find the thumbplate fingering for C (thumb off thumbplate xoo|ooo) in the lower register has a better, fuller tone compared to the conservatoire fingering (xoo|xoo).

If you do find the conservatoire fingering for Bb unstable, that's because these oboes have an open standing forked F vent.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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