Curtals and Bassoons

Bass curtal, baroque and classical bassoons Bass Curtal or Dulcian
An instrument of two keys well suited to the performance of 16th- and 17th-century music, it has a range of two octaves plus a sixth, C2 to A4. The cross-fingerings are excellent, and the high notes speak easily. The instrument is supplied with a covered bell similar to those on the curtals of J. C. Denner, giving a smooth sound throughout the range.
Bass curtal, A-440 or A-460
In curly maple
Optional open bell
Baroque Bassoon
This instrument is based on a four-keyed original by Johann Heinrich Eichentopf, ca. 1730, now in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg. It is exceptionally easy to play, with very solid intonation. In the absence of a low E-flat key, it has a good cross-fingering for this note, and also plays very well up to high A. It is the ideal bassoon for baroque continuo and orchestral playing.
Baroque bassoon, A-415
In curly maple
Optional low E-flat key
Classical Bassoon
This instrument is based on the celebrated bassoons of Heinrich Grenser, which were considered among the finest in their day. A slightly narrower bore and added keywork facilitate production of the high notes required by music of the classical period. The standard model has five keys, (low B-flat, D and F, low E-flat, and A-flat) and optional keys include high A and high C speaker keys on the wing joint, and a low F-sharp key on the boot.
Classical bassoon, A-430
In curly maple
Optional low F-sharp key
Optional high A speaker key
Optional high C speaker key

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