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In November 2001, I bought an oboe based on Triébert's système 3. This was the first significant change that Triébert made to the oboe. The main difference was adding a vent for F#, controlled by rings for fingers 5 and 6. It still has a double hole for the finger 3, but it also has a G# key, so there were two different ways to finger G#. It also has two octave keys. Philip Bate considers only the second octave key to be typical of système 3, and the other details to be typical of the oboe round 1840, but I'm not convinced. Baines states:

... old Triébert's son Frédéric commands the scene, starting with his système 3 (c. 1840). This incorporated the second octave key, the half-hole plate, the brille (rings for V and VI) and the long Eb key (left little finger).

Bates' illustrations all show a perforated cap for finger 5, for example, but I've never seen that on an instrument of this age.

I'd put this instrument as being significantly newer, maybe as late as 1900. It doesn't have a manufacturer's name, but it has a very large metal plate forming the thumbrest, with the inscription Thibouville Lamy Jerôme & Co,, 10 & 7 Charterhouse St., London EC. Bate doesn't mention them, but there are plenty of references on the web which indicate that they are a French manufacturer, mainly of mechanical instruments, though there are also references to flutes and clarinets. About the only oboe I've been able to find on the web was a système 6 (modified conservatoire) instrument built in 1890, in the collection of the university of Tübingen. Here are some photos:


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Note the double hole for finger 3.


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The keys for the right little finger are the same as on a modern oboe, just the shaping looks a little different. Note that there are two separate Eb keys, however.


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The half-hole for finger 1 looks a little primitive, but it's pretty much the same as for a modern instrument. There are two separate side keys for C and Bb. Both open for C.


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The very ornate manufacturer's plate on the back.


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