Bassoon Prices 

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Baroque bassoon after Thomas Stanesby (c. 1668-1734)
A reconstruction of the only bassoon surviving from this famous London woodwind maker. The single example, in the Waterhouse collection, is the earliest known English bassoon - it's design is apparently derived from the early French models, of which none survive, and provided the model for all the English makers of the 18th Century. The original is a handsome beast in good cosmetic condition, but some of the internal structure has been damaged during its busy life. I have reconstructed the acoustic design with the help of data from the one surviving bassoon by Stanesby Junior (Thomas's son and apprentice), and two by Caleb Gedney, Stanesby Jnr's apprentice. (These later instruments were made to a very similar design, though adapted to play at higher pitches).
The result is a very satisfactory, well balanced instrument. There is a noticeable evenness of tone qualities throughout the ranges, with a smooth transition from the good, rich bass to the singing high notes.  
A=415Hz      PHOTOS HERE

      In stained maple with brass fittings, 4 keys:      £ 4,350.00​​​
                      Eb key (can also be retro-fitted):     £     150.00

Baroque bassoon after J.C. Denner (1655-1707)
From the original in the museum of the Brussels Conservatoire.  
This is a three-keyed bassoon, though a G#/Ab key is normally added without violating tradition of the period. The result is an instrument very well suited to playing the baroque repertoire. Expressive and characterful tone qualities, with consistent tuning and easy response. 
A=415Hz.      PHOTOS HERE

    In stained maple with brass fittings, 4 keys:      £ 4,350.00
                    Eb key (can also be retro-fitted):      £    150.00                        

Baroque bassoon after Johann Poerschman (c. 1680-1757)
A four-keyed instrument reconstructed from the two surviving bassoons by this Leipzig maker and player. Poerschman was the workshop master to both C.A. Grenser and J.F. Grundmann, and was first bassoonist in the Leipzig “Grosse Concert-Gesellschaft”.​ He shared a house and workshop with M. Hoffmann, the lute maker who was J.S. Bach's close friend, and was also friendly with C. Gleditsch, Bach's favoured oboe player.
The reconstruction is a sophisticated instrument with a strong tone and vocal character. The cross fingerings work well, including a good low Eb, while the high range is free-speaking and expressive.
A=415Hz.​      PHOTOS HERE

    In stained maple with brass fittings, 4 keys:     £ 4,350.00
                    Eb key (can also be retro-fitted):     £    150.00

Classical bassoon after J.F. Grundmann (1727-1800)
From an original in the Waterhouse collection, dated 1792 - a 5-keyed bassoon from the 63rd year of this Dresden maker renowned for his reed instruments Over 50 of his oboes survive; his bassoons are more rare but of equally fine quality.
One or two wing keys can be added, the design based on those existing on another fine bassoon by J.F. Floth, Grundmann's apprentice. The original has F# and C# keys added later and these can also be reproduced.
A=430Hz.      PHOTOS HERE

            In stained maple with brass fittings.
                            Bassoon with 5 keys:            £ 4,500​.00
                            Additional keys each:            £   120.00
                            Bassoon with 7 keys:            £ 4,720.00
                            Bassoon with 9 keys:            £ 4,980.00

Silver fittings, keys and crooks also available         

Crooks/Bocals: A crook is supplied with each instrument; additional crooks of various designs can be made to order - prices around £ 200

Cases:     The bassoons will be supplied in a polycarbonate case with sheet foam dividers
                Hard cases can be supplied at additional cost of  £ 250
                Semi-hard gig bags for around  £ 120

Postage: is not included in the above prices.

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My conditions of order and sale are as follows:
1. A deposit of 10% of the total price is required to confirm an order and to get you on the waiting list. The deposit will be refundable (minus transaction charges) on the cancellation of order but only after the instrument has been sold to another customer.

2. The balance of the price will be due on or before delivery.

3. Price is fixed at time of order

4. Once you have paid for and received an instrument from me you will have 2 months to decide whether you want to keep it, during which time it can be returned for a refund of the price paid minus any postage and currency transaction charges provided that a) it is undamaged and b) it does not have any special modifications made to your order. 
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