This 1938 Heckel treasure of a bassoon has an unusual feature. It has been kept in great condition by Keith Bowen, Charles Heubner, and Ken Potsic. The high E key was added by Nick Evans. It started life in Canada, though we don’t know the original owners name.
We just cleaned, oiled, adjusted, and play tested this bassoon here in our shop and it’s ready to play in every way.
What is so unusual? The bass joint features the plateau or “flat top” manufacture style and is original from the Heckel factory. Speculation is that the original owner wanted to blend the qualities of the older Heckels with this 8,000 series. Whatever the original intentions, this bassoon has an especially accessible and beautiful tenor and high range.
The body is in excellent condition and has no signs of “changes” over the years other than the addition of the high E key. No boot rot, silver tone hole inserts. The bell ring is ivory. It has thin teflon bands at the ends of both tenons of the bass joint. The larger tenon may have had a thin crack repair at some point, as seen in the photos.
The German silver plated keywork system has just been cleaned and oiled. It has the usual signs of wear with some plating loss as should be expected. It has some new pads and excellent condition pads throughout. It seals well as it leaves our shop.
This bassoon features lined wing joint and small bore on boot, in-line body lock, left hand whisper key lock. It was made without a crutch, and remains that way. It has high D and high E, 6 rollers and and low F key and low G key adjustment screws.
The Heckel postwar CC2 bocal is well suited. It has a pro patch on the upper bow of the bocal as seen in the photos. The Fox integral case is in good condition. It functions well with the zipper from the right side which completely closes the case.