Hi, I'm actually a flute/sax/clarinet player. I've been interested in beginning the oboe too, but could not find an instrument I could use. Just a few days ago, a guy who usually repairs my sax acquired two oboes from a retired musician and sold them to me. They were identical Buffet Crampon Wooden Oboes. From the research I have done, they are thumbplate models, grenadilla with silverplated brass keywork, and have a Low Bb with resonance key. The octave key is semi automatic (not linked to the G key). The bells are without metal rings.
The two oboes are identical but the serial numbers are 2739 and 2742 (only 3 apart).
The 2742 has a hairline in the bell (should be inconsequential to the tone, as I've found on the clarinet). I would be interested in knowing what kind of value and quality this model instrument possesses. They appear very very well made. I checked all the keys, and the action is very light even on the low notes.
Eventually I will probably end up selling the 2742, as I do not require two identical instruments.
If anyone has any information for me or advice, I would be glad to hear from you.
The PICTURES of the instruments have been uploaded here:
Please note ALL the close up pictures are of 2742. The 2739 is never pictured alone.
My guess is these are at least 30 to 40 years old.