The demand for power by modern orchestras prompted the introduction in 1991 of the Model 601 bassoon, which featured thicker walls than earlier designs. This results in longer, larger, more resonant tone holes, and a tone quality that is bigger, yet slightly less concentrated than the short or long bore models. The Model 601 is the longer version and is slightly flatter with a warmer tone quality. It is somewhat more work to play, but it delivers more power when pushed, yet can easily handle soft attacks. 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), and D(flat). 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. Tuning basis: A-440. Includes your choice of any 2 Fox CTC 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
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.
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