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The modern Bassoons first appeared in the 1800's and are a woodwind instrument that is used in orchestras, bands and usually plays music made for bass and tenor tones. The Bassoon is well known for is nice tone, some compare it to a male baritone voice. Bassoons are difficult to learn because of its complicated fingering so to keep a child student from getting discouraged it would be best to start them on an easier instrument before introducing them to the Bassoon.
In modern times the Bassoon is divided into two systems. The Buffet system is played mainly in France, Belgium and some of Latin American and the Heckel system for the rest of the world.
Most music enthusiasts consider the Heckel system the best. The difference between the two systems is mainly fingering and tones. It is difficult for the student of one system to learn the other.
Most Bassoons are made from maple wood with different hardness depending on what type of maple tree used. The most popular but expensive maple woods comes from the German Riegel Bergashorn maple.
Cheaper Bassoons for students can be made from plastic.
It is common for the Bassoon players to make their own reeds. However beginners usually can buy them from professional reed makers or from their teachers.
On this page you will find Bassoons and cases for sale in additional to reeds and books on reed making. Bassoon sheet music. Fox, Cabart and Peze Bassoon.
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