Oboe/Bhosys oboe


I have a Bhosys oboe, serial A15, since 1981.  It had been overhauled soon after purchase (was non-playable) and maintained since then. I still play it, even though it lacks a LH F key.  My question:  how old is this horn?

Dear Donna
Wally Bhosys was the English Horn player in the Met between around 1950 and 1970. He was a good engineer and had oboes imported from Malerne in France and had a tendency to "improve" these by modifying the bore. They had then his name on them.

I reckon yours will be from that rough window of time - 1960s most likely.

Best wishes



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