His Oboe and Accessories


While certainly Duvoir possessed many horns over the year, only one is known - The Loree "1906 conservatory" model, serial number LL4, made in 1921. Duvoir returned to France in 1922 to retrieve his family. It is likely he hand-carried this new oboe back to the United States.  

Serial Number Record

Copy of serial number record graciously provided by Loree. Note the other notable musicians that received oboes around the same time.
LL4 was part of the estate that went to Gerald Dahl after Duvoir passed, and then was given to Gerald's grandson, Garett Dahl in 2008.
At that time the oboe was badly in need of care, but completely sound. It was well worn, grimy and all of the pads were damaged, though the corks were still tight.
A complete overhaul was performed by Scimonetti's in Lancaster. All of the keywork was removed and cleaned, and the wood was cleaned and oiled. We asked to have the silver cleaned, but not polished in order to retain the original appearance. After a repad and adjustment, the oboe plays wonderfully.
Several persons have played the oboe since. One would love to have it for his collection, one said the bore was too small and it did not sound great. Another comment was that perhaps if a French style reed were used it would sound just right. I have heard the LL4 played alongside a modern Loree oboe and I think they sound very similar.
Of note, the "banana" key is missing - the post is present but the lever is missing. I was told this was an alternate fingering and that Gillet and Tabuteau discouraged use of modernized keywork. This idea is also confirmed in Laila Storch's piece on Gillet. We have investigated the idea of returning the keywork to factory condition, but it is difficult to find, and would perhaps alter the provenance of the oboe. For now it will stay as-is.
 
Reeds

Duvoir is known to make his own "French style" reeds. Three are shown here. Other than the gouge, no other reed making equipment is known, with the exception of a micrometer modified by Gerald Dahl.

About the reed case: The reed case seems to be out of place. There have been two similar comments on the reed case.

"Interesting to note- his reed case bears the name Louis of Chelsea, which was a very famous oboe brand made in London in the 1930s-1940s...they were bought out after the war by Boosey & Hawkes and never were the same.  But, for him to have that reed case is interesting as not many outside London used those oboes or had access to them as the Louis key system was strictly an "English" system that was for the most part ONLY used in England.  Even though only the reed case is there, it is odd that he would have it..."

Gouge

The gouge is in good working order. There are absolutely no markings that would suggest the date or the maker. There is a mount for (assumed) a guillotine, but the parts are missing.

Oboe Stand

In the collection is a wood and iron oboe stand. It is quite heavy and stamped "L LOREE" on the bottom. Help is needed to identify approximate date of manufacture. 

Other Oboe Instruments
  • As the above oboe was new in 1921, there must have been another before
  • Family legend suggests that a new oboe and English horn may have been sold to pay bills.
  • We have a note to Loree asking for a repair on a bass oboe.
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