Lorée Royal Model CR+3 AK Oboe
The Royal oboe and English horn are the premier instruments offered by the Lorée Company. Constructed of the most premium wood with more heavily plated silver keywork, these instruments feature a thicker wood body, dual reinforced tenons, adjustable thumb rest, gold plated octave inserts, and an additional adjustment screw to regulate the height of the middle C key. In addition to special order options including a violetwood body and/or 14k gold plated keywork, Royal oboes are available by special order with a range to low A. Lorée instruments are each marked with a serial number that is a combination of two letters and two numbers. Instruments with serial numbers containing letters AK were manufactured beginning in 1939 and instruments of this vintage were and still are considered exceptional instruments. To recapture this “golden age” of oboe making, the F. Lorée Company researched the bore proportions of the AK instruments and beginning in the early 1980s made their oboes available with bore measurements of the original AK instruments. The model cR+3 AK Royal oboe features a full conservatory system including low B♭, left F, third octave key, B♭ vent, forked-F resonance, split ring D#-E trill, G#-A trill, articulated B-C# mechanism, Gillet (banana) key, and B♭-B trill. A deluxe French case and fitted case cover are included.