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, all wood naturally aged in our own facilities. Natural rubber linings in the wing and small bore of the boot joint. Choice of German (white ring) or French bell (metal ring).
Naturally cured varnish in light mahogany or ebony to enhance the reflections of the maple. Silver plated keys and trim.
Nickel silver key parts, hinges, and machined parts. Full German system with high D and E keys. Right hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, A(flat), E(flat), D(flat), right thumb B(flat), E, F(sharp), G(sharp), left thumb whisper key, C(sharp), low D, and low C. 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.
Big Leaf Maple