Introduced in 1971, the Fox Contrabassoon was designed and developed under the supervision of Alan Fox in conjunction with prominent contrabassoonists from major symphony orchestras around the world. A continuing research and development program, conducted by Alan Fox, Chip Owen, and numerous professional players, has lead to the use of the Fox contrabassoon in many of the world's major symphony orchestras, opera companies, and music schools and conservatories.
Black Maple, selected for optimum resonance and performance characteristics,
naturally aged in our own facilities. All tenons carefully fitted
to their receiving sockets to insure structural reliability. Joint
connections and metal reinforcing bands sealed with silicone sealer.
Three point bell bracing to improve rigidity. Inner elbows are
removable without disturbing the bracing, permitting easy cleaning
access without disassembly.
Mahogany or Ebony, using tough acrylic enamel, with Silver plating
on all keys and metal work. Nickel plating available
Nickel silver keys and trim with solid 3/16 nickel hinge
rods. German system with rollers on little finger E(flat) and D(flat),
F and A(flat) keys. Alternate F(sharp) spatula (little finger) and
E(flat) key for right forefinger. Water key on tuning slide. All posts
set in epoxy and spring posts are locked with screws. All needle
springs utilize long lasting music wire.
Intonation based on A-440 with the tuning slide extended. Highly
centered tone quality with maximum core in the sound. Resonance,
projection, and flexibility to satisfy the requirements of the
most discriminating performers.
Accessories include a fine case, 2 Fox Bocals, 2 Reeds.
Within one year, the instrument may be returned
to the factory for fine tuning, acoustical adjustment, and mechanical
servicing, with costs limited to freight and parts.
• Fast System
• Divorced Low E Mechanism
• Alternate Eb Keys (six types)
• Alternate Vent Keys (four types)
• Thumb G# Key
• E/F# Trill Key
• Alternate Front C# for Left pinky and/or right
• Rollers for left third finger
• Rollers for thumb keys