Fox bassoons are currently designed in 3 different acoustical variations.
Long Bore Bassoons - Fox's oldest design, the Long Bore is identified by having a warm, round tone that is evenly balanced with excellent intonation throughout the entire range. It is currently used to make the Fox Model II bassoon.
Short Bore Bassoons - The most flexible design is the Short Bore. It is characterized by a tone quality that is more open and free than the long bore, especially in the higher range. It is voiced to permit the performer to open up and "sing" in the solo register and its tone quality lends itself to solo performance. Fox Model 201 and Renard Model 240 are "Short Bore" bassoons.
Thick Wall Bassoons - The thick wall bassoons have longer and larger tone holes for more resonance and power. They take a little more effort to play, but this in turn allows them to project and have their sound cut through the musical texture of a large ensemble. They are the instruments of choice for many professional players.
Fox Bassoon model 685
For the bassoonist that demands the most projection and sound from their instrument. A variation on the 680, the 685 takes the next step in the evolution of the professional bassoon. The 685 employs a thick-walled bell, bass joint, and boot, leaving only the wing joint slightly thinner to facilitate ease in the tenor register. Included as standard are silver water tubes and the option for a 4-piece or 5-piece compact model with a special compact case.
Fox Bassoon model 680 IN STOCK IN MOUNTAIN MAPLE!!
The latest innovation coming from the depths of the Fox factory is the 680. This hybrid design employs a thick-walled bell and bass joint that allows for projection and power in the low register and a thinner wall on the wing joint and the wing side of the boot that frees up the high register to sing with effortless comfort. Many professionals are giving this new model tremendous praise, calling it the best bassoon they have ever played.
Fox Bassoon model 660 - Thick Wall
The 660 is becoming one of the preferred instruments of professionals around the world due to its flexibility and warm, singing tone quality. Its incredibly even scale and deep, rich tone color are enough to satisfy the most discriminating ears. The 660 is pitched at A = 442, making its tone quality more distinguishable and sparkly than the 601. The standard 660 includes the full German system with high D and E keys, right hand whisper key lock, and rollers on F, A flat, E flat and D flat. An extensive list of optional mechanisms allows players to customize the instrument for their individual needs.
Fox Bassoon model 601 - Thick Wall
The 601 is the instrument that is responsible for solidifying Fox's presence in symphony halls around the world. Its incredibly even intonation and solid, warm, core of sound provide the stability that the most discerning performer requires. The 601 is pitched at A = 440, making it slightly lower in pitch than the 660. The standard 601 includes the full German system with high D and E keys, right hand whisper key lock, and rollers on F, A flat, E flat and D flat. An extensive list of optional mechanisms allows players to customize the instrument for their individual needs.
Fox Bassoon model 201 - Short Bore
The short bore design of the 201 provides a singing voice that opens up in the solo register. An excellent choice for players who prefer a slightly higher pitched instrument with flexibility and a clarity of voice that is not available in the thick wall designs. The standard 201 includes the full German system with high D and E keys, right hand whisper key lock, and rollers on F, A flat, E flat and D flat. An extensive list of optional mechanisms allows players to customize the instrument for their individual needs.
Fox Bassoon model II - Long Bore
Originally designed by Hugo Fox, for 27 years principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Model II design can be identified by a very warm “round” tone, evenly balanced, with excellent intonation throughout the entire range. This is the modern version of the original Fox Bassoon. The standard Model II includes the full German system with high D and E keys, right hand whisper key lock, and rollers on F, A flat, E flat and D flat.
The Renard line of bassoons are intermediate/semi-professional instruments that are perfect for aspiring students and amateur players alike. They are considered the best intermediate bassoons on the market due to their overall performance, craftsmanship, and value.
Renard Artist Model 460 - Thick Wall
The 460 is the newest game changer from Fox that looks to bridge the gap between the intermediate bassoon and the professional bassoon. The 460 is a red maple bassoon that is patterned after the 660. This instrument is a modern "thick-walled" design, built as a compact, long bell model. The 460 can produce the power, projection, great intonation, and resonance associated with professional bassoons. It is a step up from the rest of the intermediate instruments at a lower price than the professional models.
Renard Artist Model 240 - Short Bore
The 240 is the ultimate advanced student bassoon. Mechanically it has all the extras that any advanced student might need, including a high E key, and a whisper key lock, among other things. The short bore design provides the tone, flexibility and resonance that would otherwise be found only in professional models. Indeed, many professionals find this model well suited to their needs. Made of red maple.
Renard Artist Model 220 - Long Bore
Mechanically identical to the Renard model 240 bassoon. The tonal warmth and scale of the long bore design as well as its secure intonation gives the aspiring player a good option between the more flexible 240 and the 220. Made of black maple.
Renard Model 222 with high D key
A good choice for new bassoonists and school music programs, the 222 is the most affordable wooden instrument that Fox produces. Introduced in 1971, the reasonable price and durable wooden body makes the Renard Model 222 bassoon a popular choice for new bassoonists and school music programs looking to add a wood body instrument to their bassoon section. The high D key, which is not standard on the 222, will be included on any 222 you purchase from Aria Double Reeds. A plateau key for the left-hand ring finger is an option on this bassoon that makes it more accessible for younger players with smaller hands.
The Fox Model 900 Contrabassoon is renowned for its intonation, ease of use, and overall resonant sound. It is used in major symphony orchestras and music conservatories around the world. Delivery time tends to be long so inquire as soon as you know you want one!
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