Due to workshop re-location and other events, a significant price rise has been necessary. I hope this will not seem unreasonable, especially to European and other overseas customers, considering the weakness of the pound.
Baroque bassoon after JC 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.
In stained maple with brass fittings, 4 keys: £ 4,000
Eb key (can also be retro-fitted): £ 110
Baroque bassoon after Johann Poerschman (c. 1680-1757)
Photos to be posted soon
A four-keyed instrument reconstructed from the two surviving bassoons by this Leipzig maker and player. Poerschman was the master to both CA Grenser and JF Grundmann and was first bassoonist in the Leipzig “Grosse Concert-Gesellschaft”, with direct links to JS Bach.
The reconstruction is a sophisticated instrument with a strong tone and vocal character. The cross fingerings work well including a good low Eb.
In stained maple with brass fittings, 4 keys: £ 4,100
Classical bassoon after JF 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 fifty of his oboes survive, his bassoons are more rare but of equally fine quality.
One or two wing keys can be added, the original has F# and C# keys added later which can also be reproduced.
In maple with five brass fittings, 5 keys: £ 4,200
Additional keys each: £ 120
So bassoon with 7 keys: £ 4,440
Bassoon with 9 keys: £ 4,680
Silver fittings, keys and crooks also available
Crooks: A crook is supplied with each instrument; additional crooks of various designs can be made to order - prices around £ 200
Cases: Hard cases can be supplied at additional cost of £ 200
Semi-hard gig bags for: £ 120
Postage: is not included in the above prices.
Waiting time: Please contact me for current waiting time.
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.