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DaveR, thanks for the reply!

I suppose the theory is that the transition from middle C to C# (or D, Eb etc.) is made more stable in the Conservatoire system. Also it makes fully automatic octave keys a possibility.
Not sure I follow you here. I have a fully automatic Kohlert with thumb key.
 

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I studied oboe for years, always Conservatoire. I can't imagine playing with a thumb key. Do any professionals play that system? For me it would feel very strange not to have my left thumb on the instrument for stability.
You still have your right thumb to support the instrument. And you can support the weight with your left thumb 95% of the time when you don't use the fingerings that the thumb plate makes possible. But maybe stability is the answer. On the Kohlert I play, the thumb plate is matte and not plated as the rest of the key work, as if made not to slip on.
 
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