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Dear Mr Bridge,

I have just acquired a 17-keyed English (i.e. thumbplate) oboe that is stamped "Selmer London Sterling Foreign" and carries a serial number 4153. Selmer's website lists serial numbers only for their saxophones and there is a list on www.musictrader.com of their trumpets, saxes, and clarinets, but I am having trouble tracking down serial numbers for their oboes to find out the production date of this instrument. Do you know where I could find out information on Selmer serial numbers? From the design I would be surprised if it were made after 1945, I am thinking more in the 20s or 30s.

Thank you!
Joel Verkaik

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Dera Joel

This sounds to me like an oboe made for Boosey and Hawkes by Selmer in the fifties or sixties.
They were a common enough oboe sold to schools in the UK.

Could you send me a couple of photos please and let me have a look?

Send them to:

geoffrey@geoffreybridgeoboe.com

I'll get back to when Ive seen the instrument.


Best wishes

Geoffrey

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Professional oboist with many years experience. Former pupil of Leon Goossens. Solo artist for Arts Council of Great Britain. Freelance recitalist/broadcasting/orchestras. Former Head of woodwind teaching in Hampshire, England. Questions on repertoire, playing styles, reeds, cane selection and processing.

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St Andrews University Royal College of Music, Aberdeen College of Education Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music General Teaching Council certificate Broadcast solo recitals/performed with major symphony orchestras/Music Club recitals/writings on double reed matters

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Chairman and Trustee of the British Double Reed Society International Double Reed Society Association Hautbois Francais Orchestral Manager of Southern Pro Musica Orchestra/Aberdeen Sinfonietta

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Double Reed News/Australasian Double Reed Society magazine/International Double Reed Society

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