Introduced in 1968, the red maple short bore model of instruments features a tone quality that is more "open" than the long bore. It is voiced to permit the performer to open up and "sing" in solo register, and its tone quality lends itself to solo performance. It was designed and developed 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.
The body is made of tiger Striped European Mountain Maple, all wood naturally aged in Fox facilities. Natural rubber linings in the wing and small bore of the boot joint. Choice of German (white ring) or French bell (metal ring). The finish is naturally cured varnish in light mahogany or ebony to enhance the reflections of the maple. Silver plated keys and trim. The mechanism is made of 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. Each bassoon is tuned individually to a modified just scale, with ample flexibility to accommodate the most demanding requirements. (The design is very flexible and may be used as high as A-443.)
Includes your choice of any 2 Fox CTX bocals.
Accessories include a deluxe round cornered case with case cover, neck strap, wooden crutch, one silk swab, seat strap.
• High A Bridge to Whisper Key
• Right Hand Whisper Key Lock, Type III
• Left Hand Whisper Key Lock
• Double High E & F Keys
• Two Piece Bass Joint
• Thumb A(flat)/B(flat) Trill Key
• Right and/or Left Thumb Rollers
• Black Maple
• Big Leaf Maple
• Red Maple