Originally designed by Hugo Fox, for 27 years principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the long bore design can be identified by a very warm "round" tone, evenly balanced, with excellent intonation throughout the entire range. It is the most secure design and its tone quality fits well into both chamber music and orchestral bassoon parts. It was redesigned and developed in 1970 with higher resonance levels 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. 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. Rollers on F, A(flat), E(flat) & D(flat). Right hand whisper key lock. 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. Tuning basis A=440.
Numbers 2 and 3, Double Star CVX Bore.
Deluxe round cornered case with case cover, neck strap, wooden handrest, one silk swab, seat strap.
Left 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