Date: 2022-07-07 01:28
I have played oboes with the third octave key and also without. I have found that the third octave key is very useful for the transition from high D# to E, when you can use a short high D# and a long E. It is one of the most useful fingerings there is, and it was not until I played on my oboe that had the third octave key for 30 years before it was pointed out to me. It does facilitate the higher notes, and whilst it is true that most oboes that do not have it will play the high notes, that third octave key does give an assurity that is sometimes otherwise lacking. My current oboes do not have it ( as I switched back to thumb plate, and my instruments are old, but I have to say, I do miss that third octave key.