This 1938 Heckel bassoon 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 and has obviously been well cared for ever since. This bassoon has an especially accessible and beautiful tenor and high range.
The bass joint features the plateau or “flat top” manufacture style and is original from the Heckel factory. The bell is marked Heckel “Made in West Germany” which means the bell is clearly from 1949 or later. It matches the bassoon in color, finish, and keywork. The other marked tenons do not have this mark. The Edith Reiter book on Heckels’ history indicates that this bassoon was made in 1938 and the serial number marks on the bassoon clearly seem original and unaltered.
Also featured are 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.
We just cleaned, oiled, adjusted, and play tested this bassoon here in our shop and it’s ready to play in every way.
The body is in excellent condition. 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. It’s well repaired.
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.
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 but worn condition. It closes with the zipper from the right side which completely closes the case. The left side zipper is damaged.