3. Short-Reach Bassoons
An alternative to beginning on a smaller version of the bassoon is to start learning on a short-reach model. These are the size and weight of a full-size bassoon, but with slightly modified key-work. The G key for example is extended, and the C hole is covered with a similarly longer key so that neither hand has to stretch as far as usual. Because it is still a full-size bassoon, the short-reach model demands an older or larger child, but beginning on one does make the change to a regular bassoon considerably easier than with a small bassoon. Many short-reach models are of very good quality and need not be replaced until the child grows out of it. Very occasionally, players continue into the profession on their short-reach, proving what competent instruments they can be. They usually cost between three and six-thousand pounds, but the most expensive models can come to a good deal more than this.