The demand for power by modern orchestras prompted the introduction in 1992 of the Model 660D bassoon, which featured thicker walls than earlier designs. This results in longer, larger, more resonant tone holes, and a tone quality that is bigger, yet slightly less concentrated than the short or long bore models. The Model 660D is the shorter version and is pitched slightly higher with a more open tone quality. It is somewhat more work to play, but it delivers more power when pushed, yet can easily handle soft attacks. 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
The European 'D' model also has extra features (listed below) which sets it apart from the standard American model
Tiger Striped European Mountain Maple. Natural rubber linings in the wing and small bore of the boot joint. Choice of German (white ring) or French bell (metal ring).
Mountain Maple - the standard wood for Fox professional instruments
Red Maple - for noticeably increased resonance, and a wider harmonic range to the notes to produce a rounder, more complete, overall sound. Also, has an increased projection and improved clarity to the sound
Nickel silver key parts, hinges, and machined parts with silver plating. Full German system with high D and E keys. Left hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, A(flat), E(flat), and D(flat). 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.
'D' Model Extras
Rollers on right thumb B(flat), and F(sharp), in combination with a crowned E key. High A bridge to Whisper Key. D - Eb trill key. Body lock between long joint and wing joint. Alternative low C touch. Left hand whisper key lock. Balance Hanger (fitted).
Each Bassoon is tuned individually to a modified just scale, with ample flexibility to accommodate the most demanding requirements. Tuning basis: A-440.
Numbers 2 and 3, Double Star CVC Bore.
Deluxe round cornered case with case cover, neck strap, wooden handrest, one silk swab, seat strap.
Right Hand Whisper Key Lock
Double High E & F Keys
Two Piece Long Joint
Thumb A(flat)/B(flat) Trill Key
Right and/or Left Thumb Rollers