Product ID: 9309Fox222Bassoon
This is an excellent condition Fox Renard Model 222 all maple wood bassoon, serial number 9309. The serial number dates this instrument to 1980, but you'd never know it was that old based on its condition, as it looks incredible. The 222 is a fantastic option for advancing players looking for their first maple bassoon. It has a lining in the wing joint, as well as the small bore of the boot joint to prevent water damage. The keys are silver with nickel silver water tubes.
Physically this bassoon is in superb shape. It shows surface scratching on the body but no previous cracks or repairs. All of the tenons are in excellent shape, as seen in the photos. This instrument was probably a school horn at some point, as “West Valley” is etched on the boot cap and the bell, but it obviously was never played very much. Overall this bassoon has a clear warm tone, it especially sings in the lower register. From low F down to Bb are free blowing and don’t require extra effort, and it feels comfortable playing passages down low. It also has good response with articulation and evenness throughout the registers. Additionally, both C# and Eb speak clear with good intonation.
Fox has long been an established name in the bassoon industry, and their craftsmanship is on display in this fine instrument. This is a great option for advancing students and professional players on a budget. This instrument will get a fresh adjustment from our repair shop before shipping, where we'll make sure all pads are sealing properly and that the keywork is in proper adjustment. It comes with its original 1C and 2C Fox bocals, though the 2C is bent at the base just above the cork, and will need repair if going to be used. The instrument is also in its original case, with cosmetic wear, though still in perfect working order.