Introduced in 1968, the short bore model of instruments features a tone quality that is more "open" than the long bore. It is voiced to permit the performer to open up and "sing" in solo register, and its tone quality lends itself to solo performance. It was designed and developed under the supervision of Alan Fox in conjunction with prominent bassoonists in major symphony orchestras. Like all Fox bassoons, it features freedom of response, intonation, tonal quality, and projection that will satisfy the requirements of the most discriminating performers.
Tiger Striped European Mountain Maple, all wood naturally aged in our own facilities. Natural rubber linings in the wing and small bore of the boot joint. Choice of German (white ring) or French bell (metal ring).
Naturally cured varnish in light mahogany or ebony to enhance the reflections of the maple. Silver plated keys and trim.
Nickel silver key parts, hinges, and machined parts. Full German system with high D and E keys. Right hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, A(flat), E(flat), D(flat), right thumb B(flat), E, F(sharp), G(sharp), left thumb whisper key, C(sharp), low D, and low C. Metal tubes extending into the bore in the finger holes of the wing and boot joints to prevent water from entering the tone holes. All spring posts are locked with screws.
Each bassoon is tuned individually to a modified just scale, with ample flexibility to accommodate the most demanding requirements. (The design is very flexible and may be used as high as A-443.)
Numbers 2 and 3, CTX Bore. (Choice of any 2, option of lengths 0 through 4.)
Deluxe round cornered case with case cover, neck strap, wooden crutch, one silk swab, seat strap.
Within one year, the instrument may be returned to the factory for fine tuning, acoustical adjustment, and mechanical servicing, with costs limited to freight and parts.
Popular Mechanical Options
High A Bridge to Whisper Key
Right Hand Whisper Key Lock, Type III
Left Hand Whisper Key Lock
Double High E & F Keys
Two Piece Bass Joint
Thumb A(flat)/B(flat) Trill Key
Right and/or Left Thumb Rollers
Big Leaf Maple