• Wish list
  • Choose your store
    All countries
  • 0

Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Bassoons

5. Upgrading Your Bassoon

Usually, a short-reach bassoon will not last a student forever, and as their hands grow, they will eventually need a ‘professional’ model. Student models will also need upgrading as their inadequacies in tone and key-work are exposed once a child is playing more difficult music (around Grade 5 level and beyond). The cost involved can be substantial, with fully professional models costing anywhere between six and eighteen thousand pounds. However, if a student has no aspiration to play professionally, then there is no need to buy a very expensive bassoon. Nearly all reputable manufacturers make a range of models, and often the main differences between them are involved with the key-work, for example additional rollers between close keys, thumb locks, and extra trill keys. Such additions are only rendered necessary if the player is performing professionally - simpler models are more than adequate for the keen amateur, which in many cases are lighter as a result of less metal being used, and still capable of a beautiful dark bassoon sound.

Whichever model you choose, the sound and playability will vary from instrument to instrument, whoever the manufacturer. A problem for the bassoonist though, is that the instrument is not the only factor involved in the sound produced - reeds and crooks can also be changed and this can confuse the selection process. For this reason, it is advisable to keep as many constants as you can when trying different instruments, against which you can compare the variables.

The main constant is the reed. A good starting point is to try your favourite reed on everything first where possible. If it works well on all of them - as often happens if all the potential instruments are by the same manufacturer - then you will be able to compare instruments easily as the only variant is the instrument itself. However, some instruments may respond better to a different reed from the one that works best on your old instrument. Get a small selection of reeds to cater for this, some hard and some soft - don’t dismiss an instrument simply because your favourite reed doesn’t work too well on it, as it may be that it just requires a different ‘set-up’ to the one you’re used to. Once you’re happy you have a relatively suitable reed for the instrument, try not to keep changing, as you will otherwise find that you are paying too much attention to the reeds, and not enough to the instrument itself.

Another good constant is the music that you play on each instrument. Choose a section of a piece you know well, and play it on each instrument, ensuring a direct comparison between them. Also, make sure you cover the whole range of notes, articulation and dynamics. No bassoon is perfectly in tune, but there should be no ‘wild notes’ that you really have to fight to get in tune with the rest of the instrument.

Choosing a new instrument is not a process that can be rushed, and Thomann’s 30-day money back guarantee ensures that you can always be confident that you have made the right decision. Always ask for your teacher’s help throughout the process - the fact that they know both you and the range of instruments on offer can make their advice invaluable! As with any new instrument, it is important not to play it too much at first. Start with a quarter of an hour each day, and then gradually increase the time over the first few weeks. This should avoid the bassoon ‘blowing-in’ too quickly, which can lead to the wood cracking by being exposed to too much moisture and movement - this can be a very expensive problem to repair.

The cost of a bassoon has long been a reason why it is a relatively rare instrument amongst children, but there are numerous trusts and schemes that can help to ease finances. The Internet is a good source of information, and a teacher may also be able to help.

Your Contact People
Phone: +49-9546-9223-26
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Get Your Free Copy of our Hot Deals Catalogue!

More than 7.900.000 musicians are avid readers of Thomann's Hot Deals catalogue. Get your free copy now! More than 500 current offers!

Hot Deals
Question!
Question! Give the right answer and win 1x Stairville Led Bar 240/8 RGB DMX 30° worth 66 €.
What is a Duduk?
Conditions of participation
Terms and Conditions for participation
in online competitions

Note: Participation in an online competition runs independently from any purchase at Thomann GmbH. The following Competition Rules apply when participating in any online competition run by Musikhaus Thomann:

  1. Competition

    1. The competitions are organised by Thomann GmbH, CEO: Hans Thomann, Hans-Thomann-Straße 1, 96138 Burgebrach, Germany.
  2. Participation

    1. Competitions are only open to persons of full age.
    2. To take part in the competition you must answer all questions correctly, fill in the registration form and submit your entry to Thomann GmbH by pressing the "send" button.
      By pressing the "send" button the participant accepts the aforementioned terms and conditions.
    3. The participant is responsible for entering their email and/or postal address correctly. Entries to the competition will be logged electronically.
  3. Qualifying Entrants

    1. Staff of Thomann GmbH and any cooperation partners and their dependants are excluded from participation.
    2. Should these conditions of participation be violated, especially by using illegitimate means, Thomann GmbH reserves the right to exclude persons from the competition. In case of such violations prizes can be withdrawn and claimed back subsequently.
  4. Announcing the winner

    1. The winners will be notified by Thomann GmbH by email or in writing and their names may be published on the homepage www.thomann.de. The winner accepts this form of publication explicitly.
      Should for whatever reason the winner not claim their prize, then a new winner will be drawn.
    2. The prize presented to the winner may not be identical to the item description. There can be deviances regarding the model, colour etc.
    3. The merchandise prizes will be sent by Thomann GmbH or by one of its contracting delivery companies, per freight forwarder, courier or postal service to the postal address indicated by the winner.

      The delivery is free of charge. Only extra transport costs and customs/duties must be covered by the winner. In the case that the delivery has to be made through a freight forwarding company the freight forwarding company will contact the winner to arrange delivery timings.
    4. An exchange, cash alternative or replacement prize is not possible.
    5. The claim to the prize or replacement of the prize cannot be assigned to a third party.
  5. Data protection

    1. The participant accepts explicitly that Thomann GmbH saves all necessary data for the duration of the competition and forwards them exclusively for purposes related to the winning process to the respective cooperation partner, who is also permitted to save the personal data only for the duration of the competition. The participant is free to withdraw his entry at any time. Please direct the withdrawal to:

      Thomann GmbH
      to the data protection officer
      Hans-Thomann-Straße 1
      96138 Burgebrach, Germany
    2. Thomann GmbH is obliged to consider the regulations for data protection according to the Federal Data Protection Law (BDSG) valid at the conclusion of the competition. In this context the general data protection regulations under notes regarding data protection should be noted.
  6. Liability

    1. Thomann GmbH will be released from any obligations by handing out the prize.
    2. Thomann GmbH is not liable for the insolvency of a cooperation partner and the resulting consequences for the implementation and processing of the competition.
  7. Other

    1. Legal proceedings are barred.
    2. The law of the Federal Republic of Germany applies exclusively.
One of our Fan
My clarinet arrived. It sounds superb. Many thanks for a superb service
xxxisgething@xxxmail.com, 05.02.2017

Bassoons overview

(14)
(1)
(3)
(1)
(1)
(2)
Feedback

Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.

cancel