Heckel Bassoon Information

Last update:  02/10/2012 23:25:08

Heckel Bassoon Documents

I have obtained some documents that Heckel used during the 1975 time frame. Several of these documents had been used for years.

Heckel Bassoon Options

In the past, Heckel offered a wide array of models of bassoons. At the time of Heckel's 100 year anniversary (1931) the Heckel catalog listed 25 models of the Heckel bassoon--including the model 41met which had a metal body! This model was reportedly produced for tropical climates. Keywork options were offered by way of these different models.

The model number 41 has always been used for the German system bassoons, while the model number 42 was the designation for the World System keywork (left hand French system, right hand German system).

Currently, Heckel produces only one model of the bassoon, the 41i. Click here to see the standard catalog options offered for a new Heckel bassoon.

Heckel Bassoon Notes

Instrument identification

   Serial Numbers
The Heckel firm was founded in 1831; however it was 1877 before they began stamping serial numbers on their bassoons. The first serial number stamped was 3000.

Heckel bassoon serial numbers are assigned when the wood for the instrument is chosen for construction. After the serial number is assigned the wood is cured for at least 12 years. This can cause variations in serial number/year progression; it is possible to have a lower serial number shipped after a higher serial number has shipped.

Heckel bassoon serial numbers are not continuous. There are known gaps in the serial numbers. The reason for these gaps is not always known even by the factory. For example, according to company sources:

...we can confirm that there are no instruments [bassoons] from [serial numbers] 11389 to 11501 ever built; maybe we had a design change during that time.

   Manufacturing Mark
Heckel bassoons also have a manufacturing mark. The manufacturing mark is a number which is used to keep the all of the parts of a bassoon grouped together during the production process. This number can be found (in Arabic form) under the boot cap following the serial number on newer bassoons; it can also be found in Roman numeral form inscribed on the underside of the keys of a bassoon. It can also be found by a series of small pin holes, or dots punched in the surface of the wood joints. These dots are typically found under keys so that they cannot be seen when the instrument is assembled.

This web page uses the convention serial/manufacturing mark, e.g., serial number 7273, manufacturing mark 2 would be displayed as 7273/2. This number is sometimes erroneously referred to as a desk number or a bench mark. The manufacturing mark does not connect a specific instrument with a specific builder or build desk in any way.

Construction Changes Through History

   Rubber bore liner
The hard rubber liner was introduced and patented by Wilhelm Heckel in 1889.
   Flat Back Long Joint
In the late 4000s Heckel changed from building flat back long joints to the current round cross-section shape. You can clearly see a flat back long joint on bassoon #4822. The back of the long joint is built with a plateau, similar to what is still made for the wing C# key.
   Long Bore/Short Bore
During 1922 (around serial number 5711) Heckel changed from building small bore bassoons to the wide bore bassoon. In order to accomidate this change, the wing, boot and long joint have shorter tube lengths. In America the wide bore instruments are frequently referred to as short bore bassoons. Before serial number 5711 (1922) only small bore bassoons were built; between serial numbers 5711 and 7700 (1935) both types were built and after serial number 7700 typically only the wide bore was built.
   Thick Wall Construction
In 1963 (around serial number 10700) Heckel began making the walls of the bassoon thicker. The standard story explaining the reason for this changes was that the thinner walled instruments tended to crack too easily, especially in the long joint tenons and the top of the boot joint. Very recently (the 15000 series) there is evidence that the wall thickness of the bassoons has been further increased.
   Ivory Bell Ring
Real ivory was used for the ivory bell ring until the 13000 series. From that point on, a very good imitation made of plastic has been used. According to recent reports, Heckel has once again begun using real ivory for the bell rings due to successful African animal management programs. However, new bassoons sent to the US will continue to have plastic rings due to continued US ivory importation laws.
   Low D Key Guard
The shape of Low D key guard has changed over time. Originally, the Low D key guard was a half cap over the lower half of the Low D key cup as on 3050. By the time of the manufacture of 3221, the guard had changed to a metal rim as seen on 3221. Later the guard changed to a bar similar to the modern Bb key guard on the back of the boot joint as on 6126. During the 6000 series the Low D key guard became the shape that it continues to have today.
   Back Ab Key
Heckel bassoons until 7400 had the back Ab key as a separate tone hole on the back of the boot as seen on 7250. After 7400 the default mechanism for the back Ab key was to operate the front Ab key via a connecting rod through the boot joint. The back Ab key as a separate tone hole is still available as option 107.
   Low G Key
The Low G key was originally connected from front to back by a keywork mechanism that wrapped around the boot joint, as seen on 3221. This permanently changed between 4210 and 4230 to the modern method of connection by pressing a rod that passes directly through the boot joint.

Variations

The following is an explanation of some of the typical variations you may find in instrument descriptions:

   World System
You will notice some instruments listed as World System, French left hand, Muccetti system (after Enzo Muccetti) or Pezzi system. These were all attempts to blend the French bassoon key system (Boehm) with the German (Heckel) system. Typically this was done by building the left hand with the French key system and the right hand with the German key system, although the centennial 1931 Heckel catalog does contain some models that have right hand Boehm system keywork (models 41u, 41v, 41ur and 41vl).
   Bell Shape
Heckel builds bassoons with what the factory calls three different styles of bells; German, French and Italian bells (factory options 72, 72a and 72b respectively). This indicates only the external shape of the bell. This terminology should not be confused with the type of bell ring; a Heckel bassoon with a metal bell ring does not indicate a French bell; it is not uncommon to see a German bell with a metal bell ring. The French bell has a significantly different external shape, as can be seen in this picture of 15208 (this instrument also has a divided long joint). I have been told by Roger Birnstingl that the Italian bell (also know as the Muccetti bell) has the same bore as a normal bell but has very thin walls and very little bulge. It is also quite a bit lighter, weighing in at around 250 grams versus the 300 grams of a typical German bell.
   Gentlemen's Model
Some instruments are listed as a Gentlemen's model, or having a divided long joint. These instruments have a joint lower on the top of the long joint (between the Low B and C keys) which allows the instrument to be taken apart into sections which are more similar in length. Typically there is still a normal bell joint (option 85); however, there is an option to have only the joint between the Low B and C keys (option 85a).

Notes about the instrument table

Heckel Bassoon Serial Numbers

For your convenience, you may use the following hyperlinks to jump directly to a specific Heckel bassoon series:

3000s 4000s 5000s 6000s 7000s 8000s
9000s 10000s 11000s 12000s 13000s 14000s

Serial NumberDateKnown OwnersPicturesDescriptionHistoryKnown Sales
29991870
Front
Back
Right thumb hole
U-Tube
Front of boot
Back of boot
Old-style HECKEL label
Back of wing
Front of wing
Long joint
Bell
This appears to be a pre-3000 series Heckel bassoon. I have assigned the ficticous serial number 2999 only for identification. Made of palisander wood.
3000s
30001877
30011877
301018771
30391879
All joints
All joints flipped-over
Heckel label on the wing joint
Front of wing and back of Long joint
This is the oldest known Heckel bassoon still in use.9/2006 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
8/2007 (kv191.nl)
30471880Low A for left little finger, Tristan-StuerzeIn the Music Institut of the University of Tuebingen
304818802
Front
Back
305018801
Complete instrument
In Case
1/2005 (netinstruments.com)
10/2007 (eBay)
305118811There are indications that at one time this was a low A model.
307018821/2005
307x1882
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 1/2007)
31411883
Full length
Bell
Left thumb area
Left thumb area (2)
Back of boot
Left thumb area (3)
Left thumb area (4)
Front of boot
Label on bell
10/2011 (ebay.de)
322118831
Detail of serial number
Instrument in case
Back of boot joint
Front of boot joint
Another view of the front of the boot joint
Side of boot joint, showing old-style G key mechanism
Long joint-showing flat-back
Back of wing joint
Front of wing joint
Detail of low B key
Detail of low D key
Close-up of wing/long joint back
Close-up of boot joint front/top
Close-up of boot joint back/top
Close-up of boot joint front/bottom
Close-up of boot joint back/bottom
10/2002 (ebay)
322918841
325818851A440, crook lock, front RH rollers, lined left hand tone holes
326118851
32731886
327518867/2000 (eBay/Nebraska)
331718861
Detail of serial number
Instrument in case
Instrument in case
Boot joint
Wing joint
Long joint
Label on bell
12/2007 (ebay)
33321886
33331887
333418871
33461887
336518871
Separate parts
In Case
1/2007 (Italy eBay.it)
337118871
33741887
337518874/2007 (holzblasinstrumente.de)
338618871
In Case
Bell Label
Boot Label
Right-hand little finger keys
Rear wing joint keys
Long joint thumb keys
Front of all joints
Back of all joints
Full-length front
Full-length back
6/2009 (musicalchairs)
6/2011 (eBay)
340818888/2010 (eBay.de)
34101888
Front of boot
Bell
Back of long joint
Close up of low B key
9/1996 (International Musician)
7/1998
4/2011 (eBay)
34221889complete overhaul in 20031/2005
34351889
34481889
Front
Front-separate joints
Back
U-tube
Long joint-top tenon
Wing-bottom tenon
Label on bell
11/2006 (Sotheby's)
10/2008 (eBay)
345518898/2001 (eBay)
34701889
Different views
34781889
Overall
2/2006 (bassoon.org)
4/2009 (vioworld.de)
34821889
In case
Back of boot
Top of boot
Left thumb
In case (2)
Front of wing joint
Palisander wood.10/2003 (eBay)
348618895/2000 (eBay/France)
34941889
34951890
350418908/2002 (ebay and bassoon.org)
35131890serviced by Laslie/Nordby
35211890
352818901Played professionally in period instrument orchestras.1/2004 (Musicalchairs)
353718902Low D tone hole has a metal ring inside; looks like a repair from an accident. Overhauled by Rieger.12/2002
5/2002 (bassoon.org)
10/2002 (bassoon.org)
1/2003 (netinstruments.com)
12/2005 (brainplanet.com)
35551890
35561891
358318912/2001 (London)
3/2000 (London)
10/2003 (IDRS)
3586/21891
In case
Full-length back
Back of boot
Back of wing/long joints
Left thumb area
Back of bell
Full-length front
Front of boot
Right finger area
Bell ring
Serial number
Label on boot
3/2009 (eBay)
36021891maintained by Laslie/Nordby6/1998 (Spratt)
36161891
36171892
3620/21892
In case
Top of wing
Front of boot
Back of boot
U-Tube
Bell
12/2006 (eBay)
5/2009
36771892
36781893
36781893
36801893
Full Length
Bell Label
Serial Number
5/2011 (ebay)
37051893
All pieces
Front of boot
Front of boot (close-up)
Secondary label
Rebuilt U-tube with serial number
back of wing joint
At some point, the U-tube has been replaced with a more modern style. This means that the serial number stamped on the U-tube plate may not be the original stamping.7/2008 (eBay)
370918932/2000 (Germany)
37141893
371718931
3726189315/1999 (ebay)
37381893
37391894
3750/51894
Back side of all pieces
Front of boot
Right thumb area
Serial number
9/2006 (eBay)
37511894
All Joints
Label on Boot
Side of Boot showing Low G mechanism
Side of Boot
Side of Wing
Curved side of Wing
Outside of Long joint
Inside of Long joint
Bell
Bell
Close-up of bell ring
In Case
8/2009 (eBay)
377418942/2001
7/2000
37761894reworked - low pitch11/1998 (Australia)
378118941994 (IDRS)
7/1998
37971894
Boot from back
Boot from front
Wing/Long joint from back
Wing/Long joint from front
Bell from front
3/2002 (eBay/Germany)
37991894
38001895
38261895Worked on by Carl Sawicki 1995 (tubes, etc)
3844/41895
In Case
Label on Bell
Serial number
10/2009 (ebay)
1/2012 (MusicalChairs)
38461895
In Case
All joints
Lower back
Full-length back
Close-up of right thumb area
Spent some time in St. Petersburg and New Zealand.12/2007 (eBay)
12/2007 (eBay)
1/2008 (eBay)
8/2008 (IDRS)
38571895
38581896
38851898Completely overhauled (resilvered, etc)
3892/31896
In case
In case: close up
U-Tube with serial number
5/2007 (eBay.com)
6/2007 (Gumtree.com)
10/2007 (gumtree.com)
3917/41896
In Case
Left side of case
Right thumb keys
Serial Number
Label on wing joint
Wing and long joints
Bell
Letter from Heckel in 1985 describing the instrument.
Purchased used from a large music store in Pasadena, CA in 1944. It had been on display in its case since approximately 1906.2011 (eBay)
39181896
39191897
392618971
3960189710/2002 (mddoublereed.com)
39791897
39801898
4000s
40001898
40381898
40391899Used in the Concertgebouw Orchestra
40461899
40541899
In case
In case
6/83 (Germany)
10/2011 (vioworld.de)
40701899
In Case
All Parts
Low Eb kay
Low G key, showing conversion
Right finger holes
Left finger holes
Wing C# key
12/2006 (Ebay/France)
4079/21899
In case
Boot joint
Serial number on U-Tube
5/2005 (eBay)
408818991Considering restoration and sale in 1995
40971899
4099/318991
41001899
410118991Has a second bell for Low A
4118/41899
In Case (left)
In Case (center)
In Case (right)
Serial number
Boot (back)
Boot (front)
Boot (top)
Left thumb keys
Low B key
No whisper key.Used with orchestras in Vienna, Berlin, London and New York12/2005 (ebay)
41201900Confirmed by the factory as the first bassoon shipped in 1900
4127190012/93 (Germany)
4128190012/1993 (Germany)
413419007/1997 (Germany)
413719002/2000 (Germany)
41471900(France)
414819001
416619001
41831900
418719002
Full
In case
Bell
Front of wing
Back of wing
Front of boot
Back of boot
Side of long joint
Back of long joint
Serial number (bad photo)
Overhauled in 1995 von Mollenhauer9/2007 (kleinanzeigen.anzeigen-regional.de)
7/2008
41881900
41891901
419019018/1996 (Germany)
4191190112/91 (Germany)
42101901
In Case
All joints
Back-lower
back-upper
Top of boot
Front-Full length
Front-lower
Serial number
Spent 90 years being used in a Catholic church in Switzerland.9/2007 (eBay)
42281901As described in 11/2007: Most rollers; has whisper key, no lock; no high d or e; left ring finger plateau key: "short reach"11/2007 (bassoon.org)
42291901whisper key, no lock; no high d, e; left ring finger, short reach2/2007 (bassoon.org)
423019002
In Case
Bell
Front of Boot
Back of Boot
Front of wing and long joint
Left thumb area
Refinished; was sanded excessively to point where Heckel stampings are barely visible, has metal inserts in toneholes of bass joint.12/2005
42351901
In Case
In Case/Left Side
In Case/Right Side
Joints turned over
Whisper key lock for left thumb, C plate in minimized design, high D key, high E key.Reconditioned. Played in a West German opera orchestra.4/2000
2/2002 (eBay)
3/2002
42651901
42661902
42691902
427319021
42871902serviced by Laslie/Nordby
42891902
429219029/2007 (bassoon.org)
430319021High d and e keys with tone hole inserts and standard rollers added with some original key workCompletely restored and tuned by Paul Nordby and Jim Laslie in 1980
4323190312/2006 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
43251903
All in case
In case (left)
In case (right)
On background
Whisper key lock for left thumb, C plate, high d and e key.Restored by Heckel.4/2002 (eBay)
432819033/1998
43411903
434319031
All joints
All joints close-up
6/2007 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
8/2007 (kv191.nl)
12/2011 (rafster)
435919033/1998 (Das Orchestra)
436119032
In case
Wing joint
Long joint
Bell and Boot
Bell and Boot
No whisper key4/2003 (ebay)
7/2003 (IDRS)
1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
1/2008 (eBay)
4365190310/2002 (bassoon.org)
436719031
436919031High D key, whisper lock.Refinished by Heckel in '70's. Tuned by Chip Owen and Marvin Kranz.5/2002 (IDRS)
6/2003 (bassoon.org)
4374190310/2005 (vioworld.de)
43761903
4378190210/2001
1/2007 (www.leitzinger.de)
2/2007 (bassoon.org)
439719031/93 (Germany)
439919031hi D, E, tone hole inserts by Keith Bowen
44001903serviced by Laslie/Nordby
44021903
44031904
441719045/1997
443319041serviced by Laslie/Nordby
44421904serviced by Laslie/Nordby
445219041
445419021Purchased once for its bell!
44581904
Detail of all joints
Close up of bell label and serial number
4/1997 (Landy Bassoon repair)
11/2001 (eBay)
44681904Owned by a university.1/2002 (eBay)
446919041
447819041Not a "flat back" long joint.
44811904
44821905
4486190510/2005 (vioworld.de)
451219052/89 (Germany)
451319051
4515/31905
In case
In case/right
In case/left
Fully assembled
Bell
Boot joint
Mid-section/front
Mid-section/back
5/2005 (ebay)
45181905serviced by Laslie/Nordby
452119051Carl Sawicki worked on this bassoon in 1976
45251905High d and e, rollers on Low D/C, F/Ab/F#2/1997 (Germany)
2/2004 (klassik.com, bassoon.org)
5/2004
7/2009 (klassik.com)
452819061Restored by Mooseman. New silver plating and overhaul.
45311905
45461903
455719051
455819051
In Case
Front
Back
High D, tubes, rollers on C#/D# and F/Ab. b guard on boot, ivory ring.10/2003 (International Musician)
12/2010 (eBay.com)
45591905
In case
Dark red tiger stripe finish, ivory ring on bell; high D key, rollers on C#/D# and F#/G#; water tubes, right thumb whisper lock. Maintained by Carl Sawicki.10/2003 (bassoon.org)
10/2011 (vioworld.de)
45611905serviced by Laslie/Nordby
456219051
45631905
45641906
45651906
45751906
Bell and Long joint
In case
Top of the boot, bell and long joints
Middle of the wing, bell and long joints
12/2005 (williampetit.com)
45771906
Boot-Back
Boot-Front
Wing/Long joint-Front
Wing/Long joint-Back
1997 (sold)
2/2002 (bassoon.org)
9/2002 (eBay.com)
458219061
458319061
45851906112/1999
45911906
In Case
In Case
Back Ab key
Bb key guard
Bell
Bell label, showing other stamping
Bell ring
Label on boot
Top of boot
Hand rest bracket removed
Left finger area
Left thumb keys
Back of long joint
Label on long joint
Right finger area
Serial number
U-tube
Label on wing joint
Stamped U of R 899/2010 (eBay)
460219061
46131906
46141907
462819071restored by Carl Sawicki 1/1984
463419073/2001 (Europe)
463519071
464319071
All
Restored 2002 by Keith Bowen. Dark Red finish; High D/E, right-hand rotary whisper key lock, balance hanger, silver water tubes.5/2011 (private)
464719071Overhauled 1984
4648/519071
In Case
All pieces
Serial number (restored)
Close-up (restored)
Close-up (restored)
In Case (restored)
Restored by Keith Bowen5/2009 (CharlesMusic.com)
466719071Restored by Carl Sawicki in 1984
466819071
467019072/1999
46711907
In Case
In Case (2)
Wing and long joint tenons
Label on Wing joint
Label on boot
Wing joint side view
Wing joint inside view
Long joint front view
Long joint back view
Boot back view
Boot front view
Bell back view
Bell front view
This instrument was made for a player in the Bolshoi Theatre and used there for many years. It was then used by a bassoonist in Scandinavia and has come to the United States to be sold.11/2001 (bassoon.org)
4/2002 (charlesmusic.com)
6/2011 (eBay)
4681Dec 19071Made for the German military orchestra. It is signed with 1908, I.R. 42, No 1, which means: 1908, Infanterie Regiment 42 (in the city Stralsund), Number 01.4/2007 (vioworld-klassik.de)
2009 (private)
46861907
46871908
469619085/1998 (Czech)
470519081The instrument has a large bore, much larger than almost any other 4000 series bassoon; it's dimensions are much closer to a modern instrument than any of its neighbors in the 4000 series. Also, it has much thicker walls. The instrument is walnut-colored and has the original ivory ring on the bell. The long joint has a modern, rounded cross-section.Restored by Keith Bowen; completed in January of 2000. Work included adding high-D and high-E keys, in addition to new laquer and complete silver replating. The old F# mechanism, which closed also the low-E key using a special bridge linkage, was replaced and the tone hole resized to suit modern specifications. Also, Keith added keys with rollers for C#/D# and F#/G#. A whisper key was added by Heckel sometime in the distant past. Used for many years in the Bergen Philharmonic in Bergen, Norway. Also used in the Contemporary Chamber Composers and Players.2/2000
4706190810/1998 (Norway)
471019081
4716190811/1990 (Germany)
471819082
Bell
Long joint
Wing joint
Boot back
Boot front
Modern U-tube, modernized keywork, refinishing and water tubes done by Laslie.6/2002 (Kirker Bassoon Repair)
8/2007 (Charles Music)
47191908Mark Krantz repair.
47211908Wing joint tenon replaced.7/2000 (Wisconsin)
472719081
473319089/1999 (Das Orchestra)
47401909
In Case
Boot joint
4/2003
10/2011 (VioWorld.de)
474719094/2003
4767/31909
In Case
Back of boot
Front of boot
Low D key
Left Thumb area
Bell label
Right-hand finger holes
Left-hand finger holes
Serial number
No whisper key, no high d or e key. Thumb f sharp key closes low E key with special bridge. Hinged mechanism on top of bocal to open/close small bocal hole.Restored by Heckel.1/2002
4/2002 (eBay)
5/2003 (bassoon.org)
2/2004 (eBay)
47691908
47701909
4772/219091
In Case
Bell
Front of boot
Back of boot
Low D key
Eb/Db keys
In Case-after restoration
Front-after restoration
Back-after restoration
Back
Small boreOriginally delivered to Chicago. Restored in 2008 by Ken Potsic.2/2007 (eBay.com)
477719091
47811909
In Case
Bell
Back of Boot
Front of Boot
Bottom of Boot
Boot and Bell
Back; mid section
Front; mid section
Not used from late 1970s until sale in 2007.late 1970s
10/2007 (eBay.com)
5/2008 (gumtree.com)
478719098/2003 (eBay-England)
478819091
47901909
In case
Back of boot
Refurbished in March 2009, silver mechanics, 11 rollers, high D and E keys, D/Eb trill for left-hand, balance hanger8/2009 vioworld-klassik.de)
479219092
Back of boot
Front of boot
Bell
Long joint
Right and left hand rollers, low C extension. Wing joint and tone holes lined.10/2001
5/2002 (NetInstruments.com)
10/2002 (Midwest Imports)
12/2002 (bassoon.org)
1/2003 (netinstruments.com)
3/2004 (ebay.com)
480219091serviced by Laslie/Nordby
48061909Stolen from Jonathan Smith
480719091Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore. Rebored by Heckel.
481319091
48141909
481719091Keith Bowen restored keywork. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.7/1998
11/1999 (eBay)
48181909
48221909
All joints in case
Wing and boot joint
Full assembled
10/2001
2/2002 (Italy)
1/2003
4825190910/2005 (vioworld.de)
482719091
48291909serviced by Laslie/Nordby10/2001
5/2002 (Baltimore Woodwind Repair)
48311909112/2002 (bbb)
4834190918/2001
48391909
Front
Back
Repaired long joint
serviced by Laslie/Nordby
4840/19091Completely restored 2004 by HARY SCHWEIZER. Instrument in Brasil.
48511909No rubber lining
48531909Unlined boot, factory whisper key.Spent some time in the Seattle area11/2003 (bassoon.org, Seattle)
2/2004 (Bassoon.org)
48561909
In Case
Top of boot
Serial number
Top of wing joint
1/2009 (eBay)
48601909112/2002 (bbb)
48611909
In case
Left thumb keys
9/2005 (vioworld.de)
486319091
48701909
48711910
487819101Stolen 6/1990
488119101
488719101
489419101
4898/11910
Serial number on U-tube
In the case
Front
Back
1/2003 (eBay)
4902191010/2004 (Maartin Vonk)
490719101Carl Sawicki worked on in 1988
491219102/1996 (Germany)
491319101/1984 (Germany)
4917/01910
In case
Serial number
Label on bell
Full-length back
All joints-1
All joints-2
Originally delivered to a player in the Vienna Philharmonic2/2012 (Austria)
49181910
492419105/2004
11/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
492919102
Split bell
Back of boot, front of wing/long joint
Front of boot, back of wing/long joint
High D and E keys. Bell is split into two parts with a joint in the middle. May have been used for a low A attachment at some point.4/1999
1/2005 (CharlesMusic.com)
49341911High D and E. Ebony finish.Originally delivered in Leipzig. Restored by Marcus in 1980. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1/2005
493719101
In case
Upper back
Mid back
Mid front
Boot front
Boot back
Lower Boot back
Mid Side
Serial number
Metal ring on bell. Tone hole liners. Left hand high D and E keys, Eb and C# trill keys. Rollers on low Eb and Db pinky keys. Right hand whisper key lock, Ab-Bb trill key. Rollers on F, thumb Gb and Ab keys.Restored by Carl Sawicki in late 199212/2003 (IDRS)
494119101
494919101Has two long joints and bellsserviced by Laslie/Nordby
495219101
French bell
wing
inside of wing
U-tube
Boot-Front
Long joint
All Pieces
All Pieces
All Pieces
French bell3/2005 (eBay)
12/2005 (eBay)
8/2006 (eBay)
10/2006 (eBay)
10/2006
49561910
49571911
4968191113/2003 (marktplaats.tiscali.nl)
4971191116/2001
11/2001 (eBay)
497419111
497919111
498819111Used in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the 1980's. Work done by James Laslie, Holden McAleer; new water tubes by James Keyes. High D, whisper key lock, hand rest and rollers on F-Ab, thumb Gb-Ab and Eb-Db.10/2007 (bassoon.org)
499219114/2009 (vioworld.de)
5000s
500019112High D and E, nickel-plated keys. Has a special round emblem on the bell marking bassoon number 5000. Emblem is white, with the number 5000 in script surrounded by Roman-style ivy branches.
500119111
5009191128/1999 (Europe)
501019111
In case
Bell
Serial number
Full restoration by Keith Bowen in Seattle, WA in 2000. Full replate of keys, restoration of the original finish. High D, E keys were added, as were the standard rollers on the Left Hand Eb/Db keys, and the Right Hand F/Ab keys. A rotary style Right Hand whisper key lock was added.6/2006 (eBay)
50111911
50231911
In Case
Back
Label on Long joint
Lower Front
Mid Front
Front of Boot
Front of Wing
6/2008 (eBay)
5026/319112
In Case
Back of boot
In Case-2
Front of Boot
Serial Number
502919111
50301912
503419121
503519123/2004 (Greece)
50611912
50621912
In Case
Front of Boot
Back of Boot
Front of wing
Inside curve of wing
Back of wing
Outside of long joint
Back of long joint
Bell
German system with plateau long joint. The inscription 2 PAT DER STADT LEIPZIG 2 is stamped on the wing and butt.1/1994 (Germany)
12/2002 (bassoon.org)
12/2006 (eBay)
506419121
506519121serviced by Laslie/Nordby
50661912
Serial number
Label on bell
Label on long joint
Close-up of Low Bb key
Wing joint
Long joint
Low Bb key closeup (2)
Low Bb key closeup (3)
U-tube
Has the letter K stamped near the serial number.
5072191213/2007
507519123Used in Dundee, London, Singapore and Oakville, Ontario1948
50791912
509419122/2004 (IDRS/Germany)
509519127/2009 (puchner.com)
510119128/1999 (Russia)
510619121
51071912small boreMaintained by Keith Bowen. Also serviced by Laslie/Nordby.8/2005 (bassoon.org)
51121912Marvin Krantz repairs.
51171912
51181913
5121191317/2000 (eBay)
512319131Refurbished by Laslie
51251913
512619131
512819131
51331913
Bell
Back of boot
Front of boot
Right finger area
Back of wing
Left thumb keys
Front of long joint
Back of long joint
Full-length back
originally shipped to Curland in Imperial Russia. During world wars the history of bassoon is unknown. After World War 2 until 1970 the bassoon was played in professional orchestras in Latvia.11/2010 (eBay)
513619131/2001
4/2003 (Landy Bassoon Repair)
513919131
514619132Serviced by James Keyes in 1981, 1983, 1991, and 1994. High D and E added. Used in Atlanta, Columbus(OH), Savannah, and Milwaukee Symphonies. Number 1 of a set ordered by and stamped Carl Fisher New York.1982
51471913Number 2 of a set ordered by and stamped Carl Fisher New York.
51481913Number 3 of a set ordered by and stamped Carl Fisher New York.
51491913Number 4 of a set ordered by and stamped Carl Fisher New York.
51501913Number 5 of a set ordered by and stamped Carl Fisher New York.
51511913Number 6 of a set ordered by and stamped Carl Fisher New York.
515819135/1998 (Das Orchestra)
5159/11913
In case
Serial number
Front of Boot
Back of boot
Long joint
Wing joint
Left finger holes
1/2009 (ebay.com)
11/2009 (craigslist.com)
516119131serviced by Laslie/Nordby
5165191311985
517519131Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
517719131serviced by Laslie/Nordby
517819131
518519131
518719122
519019131
519219131/2009 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
519319131
5196/119131No high D or whisper key lock.1/2003 (eBay)
519919131
520219131serviced by Laslie/Nordby
52031913
52041914
52081914serviced by Laslie/Nordby
5214/219142
Serial number
Labels
Front
Back
French belloverhaul by John Myatt Woodwind specialists http://www.myatt.co.uk/1958
5/2007 (Myatt)
5/2008 (Myatt)
521519142/2003 (eBay-France)
52241914
Full-length
In Case
Serial number
Bell Label
Right finger area
Back of Boot
Back of wing and long joints
Back of Bell
Top tenon of long joint
Back of wing
Sockets
1/2011 (eBay-Germany)
523219141Used to reside in Kiev
523519141
524219141serviced by Laslie/Nordby
52431914serviced by Laslie/Nordby
524919141Carl Sawicki restoration in spring 1996
525119144/1991 (Germany)
525519141
526319142High E key. Little finger whisper key.
526619141
526819141
528019141
528319141
52861914
Instrument in case
Bell
Long joint
Boot front
Boot back
Wing joint
Double-keyed bell joint.Instrument originally distributed via Carl Fisher, New York.5/2002 (eBay)
52871914French system
529x/51914
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 12/2008)
529219151
529419151
529719151
530719151
53081915
53101914
531319181
531619181Non-professional attempt made at stripping finish. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
53191918
53201918
532419181
53251918
53261919
Bare wood restoration
High E and Eb trillUsed to reside in Norway. Restored by Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan)
5341191916/2007 (private)
535419191
545719151
55231919
552919191
553219191
554419192Refinished with 3 coats of hand rubbed varnish. All original keys have been re-plated. The tenon on the long joint (bass) has been reinforced. Added high "D" key Added 3rd finger "C" key All 5 finger holes are lined with hard rubber.Used in the Austin Symphony5/2005 (IDRS)
55511919
In Case
Bottom of long joint
All joints
All joints; top view
All joints; bottom view
All joints
All joints
6/2011 (eBay)
55521919
555419192serviced by Laslie/Nordby
55571919
55601919
55651920
556619203
In case
Used professionally in orchestras of Gothenburg, Sweden and Wuerzburg. Overhauled by Puechner (added water tubes in wing), Nystroem, and Leitzinger (high d and e keys added)10/2002 (mddoublereeds.com, bassoon.org)
3/2007 (private)
4/2007 (bassoon.org)
55671920Added high D key. Short bore bassoon.This instrument was previously owned and played by Alan Goodman in the LA Philharmonic. Overhaul in 1996 by Jean Carey, of Cadenza Music in Saint Paul, MN, and then a tune-up in 1998 at the same shop. Not played from 2000 until 5/2003.5/2003 (bassoon.org)
55681920Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
5569192021984
2007
55711920High D, off-set High E, Ab/Bb Trillextensive work performed by Marcus/Wieler1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
55761920restored by Laslie/Nordby
55811920Red Mahogany6/2004 (brainplanet.com)
55841920serviced by Laslie/Nordby
55881920maintained by Laslie/Nordby11/1995
559119201
55921920Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
559819201Completely refurbished in 1995 by James Keyes and regularly serviced by him. Added by James Keyes: Tone-hole inserts. R.H. Thumb Whisper Lock. Balance hanger mechanism. Ab guard. Crutch assembly. High D key, High E key. C-Db trill above right hand I. Rollers between low C# and Eb, F and Ab.3/2002 (IDRS)
56001920Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
5601192011/2007 (IDRS)
560619201Whisper key lock in addition to left pinky whisper key. High D and E key, 4 rollers
56091920Rollers for both hands, high D key, French whisper key; right hand whisper key lock.maintained by Jim Laslie
5611192017/2006
561419201
562x1920
Full length
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 8/2006)
5621/519201Long boreAdded rollers between the whisper and C# keys, and between the low D and C keys.1965
56251921
56281921High D and E keys, standard keywork.Former instrument of Ferdinand Del Negro. Bore inaccuracies and G tone hole direction corrrected by Marcus and Wieler in 2001. High E by Peter Landy 1998 or 1999.4/2002 (bassoon.org)
563019211Described as a "hybrid" French/German instrument
56401921Restored by Laslie/Nordby in 2001.
56411921Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
564219211Updated by Walter Rieger, high e-key, silver tubes, adjustable handrest5/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
56501921
Front
Right finger keys
Left finger keys
Left finger keys again
Someone added a plateau-system of keys over the finger holes. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
565319211Used in the Cedar Rapids symphony orchestra12/2004
565819211no rollers, no High D or Ereplated
565919212Used in Helsinki Philharmonic
56611921French long joint/German systemserviced by Laslie/Nordby
5663/51921
Full front
Full back
Bell
Front keywork
Back keywork
Long bore, French bellOriginally a world system -- with French left-hand keywork and German right-hand keywork. Jimmy keys converted the left hand keywork for a former customer circa mid-1990s.9/2010 (eBay)
566919211On display at the Fox factory6/2005
2/2006
3/2006
5674192121948
567819218/2005 (bassoon.org)
3/2006
56821921serviced by Laslie/Nordby
56841921
568519211French long joint and bell.
5686/21921
In case
Right-hand finger holes
In case-2
Close up of low D key
Left thumb keys
Back of boot
Joints flipped over
Joints flipped over-2
Serial number
Bell keys and Low B key
7/2010 (eBay)
56871921French system
568819211French system left hand keywork including little finger whisper key; right hand German/Heckel system. French bell.From the estate of the late Willard Elliot, Principal Bassoon, Chicago Symphony. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1/2002
8/2002 (bassoon.org)
56891921Converted from world system.3/1996 (International Musician)
569119218/1996 (England/Auction)
12/1997 (Wichita Band)
569419211
56981921serviced by Laslie/Nordby
5700/21921
In case/left
In case/right
In case
Serial number
Serial number from above
Right thumb area
Looking down the Boot
Bell ring
5701/319211
In Case (pre-restoration)
Serial number (pre-restoration)
In Case
Bell
Has the factory Bb/G trill option on the boot joint (with an extra pin under the G key through the boot to close the Bb key); option 102, the oval extra low C key plate for left thumb. The 4 standard rollers (2 each for right and left pinky) are silver rather than plastic.Restoration by Marvin Kranz; including 6 silver water tubes, high D and E keys, replaced 3rd finger ring key, complete restoration of finish including re-striping, tenons strengthened, replating by Anderson Silver Plating, and complete tuning and voicing.
5703192111995
12/1997 (Internet)
10/2007 (bassoon.org)
57041921
Back
Front
serviced by Laslie/Nordby
57051921
571019221serviced by Laslie/Nordby
571119221
In case
Bell
Front of Boot
Silver plating10/2005 (vioworld.de)
3/2009 (marktplaats.com)
57121922Stolen 1994
57141922French system7/2004 (eBay)
571519221
571619222serviced by Laslie/Nordby
571719221
571919221
572119221serviced by Laslie/Nordby1930s
5722/4Jun 19221High D and E, standard rollers. Short bore tuned to A=440.Total restoration by Carl Sawicki with a deep red color and restriped in the classic Heckel fashion.1/2002
10/2002
1/2003 (bassoon.org)
5726192226/1998
572819225/2007(vioworld-klassik.de)
572919221
57301922completely restored in 2003 (Chris Millard)4/2005 (bassoon.org)
573219225/2005 (eBay-Czech Republic)
573319221
57391922
574119221Restored by Keith Bowen. NOT a "long bore" instrument. Keith Bowen added high D and E keys, tubes in the finger holes, rollers on Low F-Ab, low F-F#, thumb Bb-F#, and low C#-D#, plus an extra touch for the low C. Custom whisper key lock mechanism, which can be engaged or disengaged without removing thumb from the key, thus not opening the whisper key pad while engaging or disengaging it. Original ivory bell ring with a chip missing. Metal rings on both ends of the long joint. The boot cap is set up to use a spike for playing.12/2002 (ebay)
4/2003 (idrs)
57451922serviced by Laslie/Nordby
574819221
574919221
5751Sep 192222003
575219221Stolen
57541922Used in the Berlin Philharmonic8/2002
575619223/1996
57581922serviced by Laslie/Nordby
575919221Worked on by Carl Sawicki-Feb 1992
576519221
57661922
57711922
579719221Used at the University of Miami (FL) in the 1940s and at the State University of New York at Potsdam for many years, until the mid-to-late 1980s. Worked on by Jim Keyes.
579819221
579919221
580019221
5806/31922
In Case
Serial Number
Back of Boot
Front of Boot
Front of Wing and Long joints
Right thumb area
This instrument was listed for sale on eBay as being in Spain. A successful auction was closed with a winner, payment was made, but no bassoon was ever delivered. Now a report of a second auction/nodelivery has been reported.6/2007 (eBay.com)
6/2008 (eBay)
10/2010 (eBay)
5807/41922
In Case, view 1
In Case, view 2
Serial number
Left thumb area
Right thumb area
Has the letter R stamped next to the serial number. This appears to be a form of a World system bassoon.Used by the principal bassoonists of the Communal Theatre of Bologna and the Massimo Theatre Bellini of Catania.
581019221serviced by Laslie/Nordby
581119221serviced by Laslie/Nordby
581219221Used in the National Symphony and Tucson Symphony. Went unused for 40 years (1925-1965). Keith Bowen sealed 9-1-07, high D, E offset, A bridge, RH wisp key lock, RH double wide little finger F# G#, silver tone holes, lined, water tubes, rollers both LH and RH thumbs and pinkies.10/2007 (bassoon.org)
581319231
58151923
581619231(eBay)
58171923
581819231High D and E, tuning ring on bass joint, some rollers, tubes in boot joint.Overhaul by R. Walter, Stuttgart, Germany10/2002 (bassoon.org)
582019231Restored by Krantz. Mocha color. Boot and Long joint stamped "V"; bell and wing stamped "I". Serviced by Keith Bowen.5/1998
10/1998
5821/019231
Wing joint-front
Wing joint-back
Boot-front
Boot-back
No High D or E, "long bore"Restored 2001.11/2000
12/2001 (eBay)
582219232Whisper Lock, High D, E flat and E keys, Rollers on right hand Low E to F# key, pinky F to G# roller, and an original thumb trill Ab to Bb.Krantz repair. Used in La Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico.1994
6/2007 (bassoon.org)
3/2008 (private)
582319232Used in Cleveland orchestra.1960s
582419231Stolen, 8/18/2007 in Houston, TX; recovered from a pawn shop a few days later.
58251923serviced by Laslie/Nordby
58271923restored by Laslie/Nordby in 19667/1996
582819231
583019231Overhauled by Howarths in 2004.9/2005 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
5831/319231
Full-length back
Mid front
Front of Boot
Left thumb area
Balance Hanger
Label on Wing joint
Stamped for Carl Fisher, NY.Originaly maintained in LA by Horst Moening, then John Shamlian in N.J.; lately Jimmy Keyes in TN and some recent voicing by George Campbell in LA.1948
583219231Made for Carl Fisher Music, NYC
583319231Carl Sawicki repairs 2/84
58351923serviced by Laslie/Nordby
58361923World System keywork8/2005 (bassoon.org)
584119232
In Case
In Case
Recently completely refurbished.5/2007 (craigslist.org)
58741923
588919231
5892/519233
58951923
In Case
Front of boot
Back of boot
Front of wing
Back of wing
Back of long joint
Side of long joint
Bell
Was refinished by Heckel and came to U.S in the 1940's. Serviced by Chad Taylor in October 2004. Added high A/whisper key bridge, right-hand whisper key lock, Low E/whisper key bridge to accomodate whisper key lock, repaired crack in both boot joint tenon sockets.
589619231
589819233High D and E keys, rollers on F/Ab and Eb/C#, and a high A/whisper key bridge. The Heckel factory told one owner that the instrument was built to A=435 with a #2 bocal.Totally restored in 1991, including refinishing of the wood, replating of the keys, complete repad and adjustment, the addition of water tubes. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1/2003 (IDRS)
589919232Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
59011923restored by Laslie/Nordby in 1996
590219231serviced by Laslie/Nordby
59071923Refinished and replated at Hans Moennigs shop in Philadelphia. 2 sterling water tubes.9/2006 (baltimorewoodwindrepair.com)
591019231
591119231Pezzi long jointserviced by Laslie/Nordby
591219231Palisander woodserviced by Laslie/Nordby
591319231High D, Ab/Bb trillserviced by Laslie/Nordby
591419241
59151923serviced by Laslie/Nordby
591619231Original French system long joint and bell changed over to German key system by Keith Bowen
592119232Brought to US by a soldier after WW II. Sat in an attic for 20+ years. High D key added.1976
592219231Owned by a music school for the instrument's entire "life"
592619231World systemPurchased in 1926 for $125!1926
593019248/1996 (RDG)
593419241World system5/2006 (IDRS)
6000s
600019241
600119242High D, E, silver, some tubes. Ivory bell ring. Standard rollers.serviced by Laslie/Nordby11/2003 (bassoon.org)
600219241
60041924
600519241
600819241
60111924
60121924
601319241
601419252
Full-length front
Full-length back
Austrian Symphony Orchestra1974
601519251
60171925112/1997 (Das Orchestra)
6024192412/2003
60281924serviced by Laslie/Nordby
603119241
603219252Standard key work and rollers with high Eb key and right thumb whisper key lock.serviced by Laslie/Nordby. Refubished by Carl Sawicki with triple silver plating.12/2006 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
603319251Keys silver plated; modern spatulas on boot with many rollers. High D, E keys, Ab/Bb trill, joint lock, French whisper key also added. Ivory bell ring. Low E pancake is sculpted with rollers to both sides.Completely modernized in 1989. Cuchuriano system installed. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1997
4/2003 (bassoon.org)
609519251
609619251
6099192517/2003 (musicalchairs.info)
9/2003
610119242
In Case
Restoration in April 1989. It also only has a high D and Eb keys, which were added in 1989 (no E key). A complete re-silvering of the keys was done as well as adding some rollers.
610319251restored 1992
610619251Ab/Bb trill4/2001
610719251This instrument is stamped M
6109192511997
611119251No "D" or "E" keys or rollers.9/2000
6112192411978
611419241
611619241restored 1992
61171924restored by Laslie/Nordby in 2002
611819241
611919241
In case
Black, High D, silver keys, rollers LF F and Ab and LH Eb/DbUsed in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra1995
4/2007 (eBay)
4/2007 (bassoon.org)
6120/419241Also has the letter K stamped on the U-tube.Restored in the mid 1990s and had a high D key added, as well as a whisper-key-lock.2003
612319241
612419241High d and e keys, tubes by Heckelserviced by Laslie/Nordby1985
61251924One owner from 1930s until 2000. serviced by Laslie/Nordby.3/2003 (Bassoon.org)
6126/419241
In Case-1
In Case-2
In Case-3
Left Fingers
Right Fingers
Right Thumb keys
Serial number
Complete restoration, including: double plated in silver by Anderson, high D key was added, little finger key work (left and right) was upgraded to FOX castings with rollers, Right Hand thumb keys were also upgraded with FOX castings.11/2007 (eBay)
1/2008 (eBay)
6/2008 (eBay)
61271924serviced by Laslie/Nordby
613119243Chris Weait has stated that he used this bassoon for The Lonely Island recording made in the 70's. Willem Gruner recorded the Weber Op.35 for Victor Talking Machine on this bassoon in 1924.1968
12/1997
613319241Repairs by Marcus High D/E and tubes8/1987
613819241
6141192411/1997
617019241maintained by Laslie/Nordby
61741924black1995
61751924
617819251Used in the Binghamton (NY) Symphony and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, NY)1956
617919251
618019251
61811925
618219251serviced by Laslie/Nordby
618319251High D/E1968
618419252No Hi D or above. Has an enlarged pancake key with rollers all around it. Has a left thumb Low C trill key. It also has evidence of having had a left hand rest at some point. It also has an screw-type attachment on the end cap; use unknown.1968
11/2002 (Baltimore Woodwind)
61851925
6186192512002
618719251Used as model for bore dimensions by Jim Burton. Refurbished by Heckel 1967.12/1997
618819251
6189192521975
1985
619119255/2000
61961925restored by Laslie/Nordby
61971925
62021925serviced by Laslie/Nordby
620419251
In Case
Right finger holes
Right thumb keys
Left finger holes
Left thumb keys
8/2009 (millermarketingco.com)
620519251
620619257/2003 (bassoon.org)
620719251994
62081925
620919251serviced by Laslie/Nordby7/1982
11/1982
6210192511968
621119261
621419251High D and E keys, standard rollersserviced by Laslie/Nordby4/2005 (bassoon.org)
621819251restored by Laslie/Nordby in 20062/2005
6225192511982
622919251Nickel keys. High D Ab/Bb trill
623319251
623419251
62351925serviced by Laslie/Nordby
623719251
62391925
6249192511985
62501925Owned by a school along with 8519 and 86252/2004
626319251no High D8/2000
6268192521999 (private)
6269192512/2003 (Germany)
9/2004 (Germany)
627119251Used in Staatsoper Berlin.2/2003 (bassoon.org)
62731926serviced by Laslie/Nordby1991
627519261961
628019266/2002 (Germany)
62831926serviced by Laslie/Nordby1993
6284192611997
628619261
Front of wing joint
Side of wing joint
Side of long joint
Front of long joint
Front of boot
Back of boot
Bell
Benchmarks do not match; Boot, long joint and bell are "III", wing is "II". High D and E keys, Db/Eb rollers and F/Ab rollers. Silver tone hole liners for Left 3 and Right 2. No body lock.Overhauled and refinished in 2002 by James Keyes. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.2000
5/2002
10/2002 (CharlesMusic.com)
1/2002 (bassoon.org)
62861926serviced by Laslie/Nordby
62881926maintained by Laslie/Nordby
628919261986
629019261
629319261
62951926
629719261refinished
629819261Refinished in 1993 by John Campbell in L.A. Keys were extended to accomodate short fingers.
63001926
6302/419262
Bell
Left finger area
Left thumb keys
Front of boot
Ritgh thumb keys
Serial number
Used in Argentina. Fully restored by Maxi Vera in Zaandam, The Netherlands, and extensive overhaul by Walter Rieger in Russelsheim, Germany. Currently played in several orchestras in The Netherlands.8/2006 (private)
11/2008
630319261serviced by Laslie/Nordby
6304/01926Completely restored by HARY SCHWEIZER 2004. Used in the OSPA (Symphony Orchestra at Porto Alegre, Brazil) school.
630619261serviced by Laslie/Nordby
630719261987
630919261serviced by Laslie/Nordby4/2007 (bassoon.org)
631119267/2003 (VioWorld.de)
63121926serviced by Laslie/Nordby
631419261
full length
3/2009 (marktplaats.nl)
63161926Refinished by Heckel7/1999
632919261
635319261High D and E keys, Db/Eb, Whisper Key/C#, Low E/F# rollers and F/Ab rollers, water tubesRefinished key work, beautiful wood finish, recent overhaul, and reconditioning by Jim Laslie.1994
3/2002 (bassoon.org)
63561926
635819261
6362192611988
636619261Major repairs with new bell
639119261Spent some time in Kiev. Restoration work by Carl Sawicki.1996
11/2002 (MusicalChairs.eu.com)
639319261Black finish. Labels sanded off
6395192611978
639919261serviced by Laslie/Nordby
640019261
640119261High D, off-set high E, rollers on F-Ab, Bb and F#.9/2006 (bassoon.org)
640219261
640419261High D and E. Ab/Bb trill1995
64101926serviced by Laslie/Nordby
641219261Early style boreserviced by Laslie/Nordby1995
641319261Orginally built for the Berlin Theatre, then to Russia and Scotland (Edinburgh). In 2000 had a high E and D key added by the English maker Soulsby.2001
641519261serviced by Laslie/Nordby7/1999
64221926High D and high E keys12/2006 (bassoon.org)
64251926
6426192711994
6427/119271
In Case
Serial number
Bell
Long joint
Wing joint
Back of Boot
Front of Boot
Left finger holes
The letter K is also stamped near the serial number6/2007 (publicsurplus.com)
643219271
648219276/2000
64831927Imported by Carl Fisher Music (NY); sold to high school in Rockford, IL. Updated by Hans Moenig; refinished by another repair facility in 1980.1980 (auction)
64841927
In Case 1
In Case 2
7/2009 (holzblaeser.com)
8/2009 (vioworld.de)
11/2011 (vioworld.de)
648519271
64871927Serviced by Laslie/Nordby. Completely refinished and overhauled by Marvin Krantz in 2001 and has fully modernized keywork, including an offset high E and full right hand rollers.6/2004 (private)
648819271serviced by Laslie/Nordby1987
64891927
649019271High D key, offset high E and Eb keys, left hand whisper key lock, C plateau key (LH3), removable high A/whisper key bridge, rollers on 4 pinky keys, Fox balance hanger.Restored by Marvin Kranz (1993); water tubes, tuning, and service by Keith Bowen; recent maintenance by Jim Laslie.6/2003 (IDRS)
649419271No High D/E
649519271Walter Rieger renewed keywork with high E key12/2003
4/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
64961927maintained by Laslie/Nordby
649819272Refinished and had a High E and Eb added7/2007 (private)
64991927serviced by Laslie/Nordby
65001927French bellserviced by Laslie/Nordby
650119271986
650219271Serviced in 1983
650319271Serviced by Shamlian1996
6/1998
650619271
651219271
651419271
651619272
In Case
Right finger holes
Right thumb keys
Left finger holes
Left thumb keys
8/2009 (millermarketingco.com)
11/2006 (vioworld.de)
3/2007 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
1986
651819271
651919271
652019271
6521192712/2002 (Internet)
652219271
652419273/1993
5/2000
12/2000
652519271Worked on by Marcus and Wieler. Has real Ivory bell ring. Has the normal rollers plus rollers on the right thumb Bb, pancake, F#, and Ab Key, as well as rollers on the left thumb low D and C keys. Has right and left hand whisper key lock.9/2006 (bassoon.org)
10/2003 (bassoon.org)
11/2000
6528/419271
In Case
Serial number
Frong of wing/long joint
Back of boot
High c/d key and a high e added in 1994, with a replating later on. French bell.1994 (London)
2011 (private)
652919271Some confusion about mixed serial numbers on joints. Serviced by Laslie/Landy/MacAleer.1996
653319271
653419271Revised by Rieger in 20031/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
65491927
655119271987
65631927serviced by Laslie/Nordby
659019271Sterling water tubes in 4 finger holes, added high D key, added low C# and D# roller castings, right thumb whisper lock.9/2006 (baltimorewoodwindrepair.com)
65911927
659219271Fox research instrument. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
66021927serviced by Laslie/Nordby
660419271
660519271
660619271"cut" wing
660719271no rollers. High D/E and tubes8/1998
66091927serviced by Laslie/Nordby
661219271(Italy)
66141927
661619271
6617/5Nov 19272
In Case
Back of Wing and Front of Boot
Back of Bell and Long joint
According to the factory, this instrument was originally delivered to Carl Fisher in New York. The bassoon was built to A 437.5. The instrument has a strange anamoly; the stamped manufacturer's mark is 5. (a 5 followed by a period). All of the keywork has VI scribed on them. This appears to be a case of the instument being originally marked as 5 and then re-numbered to 6.4/2007 (PublicSurplus.com)
66211927Nickel plating, high d and high e keys, rollers for F/Ab and Eb/Db keys and right hand whisper key lock.Wood Refinished. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.8/2002 (bassoon.org)
6626192718/2002 (International Musician)
66281927serviced by Laslie/Nordby
66301927High D/E8/1998
663219271Complete restoration by Marvin Krantz in 2004. High E and F keys, articulated Ab/Bb trill, plateau keys for left-hand III and right-hand I.
66331927serviced by Laslie/Nordby
663519271
6639/319271
In Case
Bell
Serial number
Left Thumb/Long joint area
Left Thumb/Wing joint area
Right Finger area
Top of boot
Back of boot
664019271serviced by Laslie/Nordby
664419271
66491927serviced by Laslie/Nordby
66501927restored by Laslie/Nordby in 2003
66511928
665419286/1997
665619281High E, rollers.Water tubes by James Keyes, played professionally in Boston and Milwaukee Symphonies.3/2000
66571928serviced by Laslie/Nordby6/2003
665819281Water tubes, high D and E, standard rollers.1984
5/2002 (bassoon.org)
666319283
6683192818/1999 (IDRS)
66931928High D/E
669519271
669619281982
66981928Stolen from Willard Elliot in 1945
669919281serviced 1976
670219281High D/E1986
670319281
In case
In case
11/2011 (vioworld.de)
6704/019281
Serial number
In Case1
In Case2
In Case3
French bell, has the letter R stamped on the boot.High E key by Frank Marcus. Left and right pinky rollers by Benson Bell.12/2009 (IDRS)
67051928
In case
WingLong front
WingLong back
Boot front
Boot back
French bell
French bell5/2009 (CharlesMusic.com)
670919286/1991
67101928
671519281
671619281Rollers for little finger keys, left hand whisper lock, high D keyOverhaul and silver plating. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1986
5/2000
671719281No High D/E1990
671819281serviced by Laslie/Nordby10/1998
672419281Water tubes, high E.Serviced by John Shamlian for 20 years.1984
2/2000
3/2001
6726/2192822/2002
672819281
673119281985
673219281Mentioned in Jim Burtin book
676419281
676719281
67701928112/1995
6772192811982
1987
677319281
678119281serviced by Laslie/Nordby
678419282model 41i with offset high E key8/2005 (bassoon.org)
7/2008 (private)
67851928
67861929serviced by Laslie/Nordby1988
678719295/2000
1970 (Stockholm)
678819295/2002 (www.musicalchairs.eu.com)
678919292Frank Marcus put in water tubes and repaired wood rot in the boot, 1995. Carl Sawicki added a high E key in 2000 (seems somewhere down the line a high c and d key were added also).1984
1995
679219291983
679519291High D/E, D/Eb trill, 5 tubesHeckel overhaul1974
6796/01929Small joint has only c tube, no trill keys, no high d, roller on c# key. Long joint: no rollers.7/2003 (Mexico)
6797192912/2000
680019291
6805/3May 19291Also has the letters KL stamped near the serial number.Originally sold by Carl Fisher Music (N.Y.) to US Army Quartermaster Corps.1977
680819291Nickel plating12/2006 (Myatt)
681119291serviced by Laslie/Nordby
681219291Has tubes and Eb, E/F#, F/G#, Eb/C#-rollers. Silverplated keywork.Generally overhauled in Germany. Played as principal bassoon in one of the great opera houses in Germany until summer 2001.1/2002
8/2002
10/2002 (bassoon.org)
681419291
6816192911989
7/1996
682019291serviced by Laslie/Nordby
682519292/2003 (ocn.ne.jp)
683219295/2000
3/2001
5/2001
6852192913/2001
685319291Overhauled 4/92
685519291987
68591929serviced by Laslie/Nordby7/1998
6861192911974
686719291
68681929Eb trill key, high D, "typewriter" whisper key lock.Complete refinish/rekey by Jim Laslie in early 1980s, full overhaul by Howarth of London in 2002.9/2004
1/2005
10/2007 (bassoon.org)
68721929serviced by Laslie/Nordby
687419291Tubes and high D and E keyserviced by Laslie/Nordby1986
2/2002 (bassoon.org)
68761929111/1995
688119292Found after the end of World War II in a pawnbroker's shop in Bordeaux. It is probable that a returning GI en route for the States from Germany had the bassoon with him and just could not be bothered to take it on board ship. High D and E keys added. Used in the London Symphony and in 1964 used to record Bolero with Pierre Monteux.1961
3/2007 (bassoon.org)
68821929
In Case
In Case
Low D splice
Long joint tenon
Restored by J. Laslie/Nordby in 2002
688319292
front of wing/long joint
back of wing/long joint
bell
back of boot joint
front of boot joint
All joints
All joints flipped
Left finger holes
Completely refinished (wood, finger hole tubes extending into the bore and silver plated keys) by Jim Laslie in 2000. Also added: Whisper key, High D key, High E key between I and II. High Eb/E-F# triller between II and III. D/Eb trill for first finger of right hand. C/Db trill between right hand I and II. Rollers between low C# and Eb, F and Ab, but not F and F# for the right little finger. Whisper Key lock for right thumb.3/2002 (IDRS website)
688419291Used in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
6886192917/1996
12/1991
688819291Has tubes and high E keyRestored by J. Laslie/Nordby in 200310/2001
68911929serviced by Laslie/Nordby
68941929Originally sold to the Eastman School of Music. Restored by Jim Laslie. High D and E keys added.1998
689519271
68961929serviced by Laslie/Nordby
689719292Mentioned in Jim Burton book. Marcus added the high D key in 1980; Jimmy Keys insert 6 water tubes in 1993.1990 (private)
6903192922/2005
690419292Mentioned in Jim Burton book
690519291
6906192911982
690719281
6908192911/2003 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
691419291994
691619291
69171929High D and E, rollers12/2003
691819291
In case
Bell
Long joint
Wing joint
Front of boot joint
Back of boot joint
Close-up of tenons
Has a Low A mechanism for left thumb and left little finger. The Low A bell seems to have become separated from the instrument.1991
3/2003 (ocn.ne.jp)
692319291
69251929111/2006 (UK)
696519291
697919291
69801929
6981192911992
1994
698319291
69871929
In Case
Right finger holes
Serial number
Bell label
Low D key
Crack in long joint
Bell ring
Back of boot
Low Bb key
Has the letter K stamped next to the serial number7/2010 (eBay)
698819291
In Case
Right finger holes
Right thumb keys
Left finger holes
Left thumb keys
8/2009 (millermarketingco.com)
698919291
699019291Fox research instrument
699219291
6993192911995
699619291Overhauled by Jim Laslie in 1994. Used in the Fargo (North Dakota)-Moorehad Symphony and wind quintet.1990
6998/01929Last seen without the original wing joint.Wood refinished by violin repairman (!).
7000s
700019291Restored 9/90
70011930
700219301serviced by Laslie/Nordby
700319301
700419302Used professionaly in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area
70051930
700619301
7008193016/2007
701119301
701219301
701319302maintained by Laslie/Nordby
701419301
701519301
701619301
701719301
701919301serviced by Laslie/Nordby7/2000
702119301Converted from black to striped 6/1994
702219301Tubes installed in 19964/2000
7024193011990
7027193011991
7028193018/91
703119301
703219301
703319301
Just after refinishing
Refinished in 2002. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
703419301
7037193014/2009 (private)
703819301There is disagreement about whether or not this is the original serial number. There are a number of features on this instrument which had not been in normal production for a Heckel bassoon since the 6200 series. This does not in any way mean the bassoon is a fake of any kind; it is simply noted that this bassoon has features which do not resemble a normal 7000-series Heckel.Sold in 2002.
703919301
704219302
704319302serviced by Laslie/Nordby
704419301
704519301Not original long jointClick here for the unusual history of this instrument
704719301
704819301
705219291serviced by Laslie/Nordby
70531930
706019301
707819301Small tenon of long joint metal capped1988
70791930
In case
In case 2
Close up 1
Close up 2
4/2009 (Die Holzblaeser)
7081193011992
708319301
708719301
709019301Has a USQMC mark for United States Quartermaster.
709119301Stolen and recovered
7092/21930Has a USQMC mark for United States Quartermaster.5/2004 (eBay)
709419301
709519301
70961930serviced by Laslie/Nordby
709819301Bought in NYC antique shop for around $200! Restored 1985
709919301
710119301restored by Laslie, 1998
711419301No High D or E
71151930
711819302Used as a military band instrument in Hawaii and San Antonio.
712419301Light yellow/brownOverhaul 2/1996. Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon works (Japan, 7/2006)1993
7125/519301The letter T is stamped near the serial number.The instrument was lost in shipment by a previous owner, and the insurance company paid them for the loss. It was later found and became the property of the insurance company, which sold it to a music store in Chicago. It was purchased for $1000 in 1972.1972
2008
712619301
713119301
713319301stolen 1970
713419301
713519302
713619301
713719301serviced by Laslie/Nordby
714319301
71441930High d, 8 original rollers (Db/Eb, E/F#/Ab, F#/Ab), wing joint lined, 4 finger holes rubber lined2/2002 (bassoon.org)
714919301
71651930serviced by Laslie/Nordby
7170/519301
Full-length back
Additional stamping Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby. Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 12/2006)
7172Mar 193131987
7176/419302offset Eb trill, high D by Paul Covey in 1972, wing joint tubes, high Eserviced by Benson Bell, used in the Calgary Philharmonic.1972 (private)
71791930serviced by Laslie/Nordby
718x1930
On pegs before restoration
On pegs after restoration
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 7/2006)
71801930
71811931
718319311
7184/019311
In Case
Centennial stamping
Boot cap
Has Heckel centennial seal. Silver plated keys, silver tubes.Added post delivery: High D, Whisper key lock, D/Eb trill.1997
718519311
7186193111992
718919311
719019311Restored by Marcus. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
7200193121983
720119311Has Heckel centennial seal
720319311
72061931Originally brown; refinished to blackRestored by Carl Sawicki from black to brown in 1997
720819311serviced by Laslie/Nordby
720919311
721019311
721119311
721519312
721619311serviced by Laslie/Nordby
721819311French system-Plateau system
721919311Has two long joints; one French and one Germanserviced by Laslie/Nordby
722019312
7243193111995
724519311restored 1998
724619311Centennial model
7250/319312
In case
Front of wing and long joints
Back view of wing and long joints
Front of boot
Back of boot
Bell
Anniversary Model. The stamp 1831-1931 is visible near the top of the long joint. Metal tenon rings.It was made for a player in the Moscow Philharmonic in 1931 and used there for approximately 30 years. It was then used by a bassoonist in the St. Petersburg Symphony for 20 years and came to the United States in the 1980's. Plastic tone hole inserts have been added. Renovated by Keith Bowen. Chad Taylor added: High D key, A-vent whisper key bridge, body lock, right-hand rotary whisper key lock.5/1999
4/2000
10/2002 (charlesmusic.com)
725119311High D keySpent its whole life so far in an orchestra in the Czech Republic until October 2006. High E key, low C touch, low C#/D# trill button added.
72561932Bore similar to 3000. "Flatback"7/1997 (Internet)
728419321destroyed in rear-end car collision CA in 1984
728519321Restored to like-new condition by James Laslie in 2000.
72891932serviced by Laslie/Nordby
729119321World system.Several keys added by Laslie-high d and e; alteration of fork mechanism like German instruments, right thumb Ab key. Heckel removed G/Ab trill key for right thumb and right first finger; added Ab ring key; add whisper key lock for right thumb. An extra 7000-series German-system long joint formerly owned by Don Christlieb finished to match and fit with the rest of the instrument; combination low Eb/Db key; reverse action low B-flat key.
729219321986
1990
729319321
729419321
72971932
730119322
730219321
730319321
730419321
73061932serviced by Laslie/Nordby
7307/51932High D/E, D/Eb trillRestored by Heckel
730819324One of the instruments that Don Christlieb used when he was measuring Heckel wing joint bore dimensions to help with the Fox bassoon design. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby. Serviced by Marcus and Weiler.1968
2005
736919321restored by Laslie/Nordby
7372/219321Boehm systemDescribed in great detail in Richard Klimko's IDRS article The Boehm-system bassoon and the Wilhelm Heckel firm
737319321
737419321
737519321maintained by Laslie/Nordby1994
740219321
740719321
740819321
741019321Stolen.
741119335/1993
741219331
74131933serviced by Laslie/Nordby
74141933serviced by Laslie/Nordby
7415/41
741619333French whisper key and an unusual alternate A flat key mechanism. Instead of the usual hole with a post through it, the bassoon has a key that goes around the boot joint, thus eliminating the A flat hole on the thumb side of the boot joint. It also has a roller between the whisper key and c sharp key.Used in in the Dallas Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, the New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras. Restored by Keith Bowen in February 1997.3/1996
74191933serviced by Laslie/Nordby
742019331serviced by Laslie/Nordby
742519331
744519331Fox research instrument, Low A
744619331
7448/4193311/2001 (Germany)
745619331989
74651933
746619331Famous stolen instrument-now returned. Major damage; tenon repaired 12/1999
74881933restored by Laslie/Nordby
7498/31933Used in the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra
74991933112/1997
75001933
75011934maintained by Laslie/Nordby
750219341serviced by Laslie/Nordby
7507193412/2004 (IDRS)
752219341
753219342
7533193418/2004
7535193417/2003 (themusichouse.com)
7540/619342
75471934serviced by Laslie/Nordby1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
755719341
756319341
757219341serviced by Laslie/Nordby9/2001 (Europe)
758019342
758219341Major work 8/912/2005
758519341Stolen
758619351restored by Laslie/Nordby in 1981
75881935serviced by Laslie/Nordby
75991935Used by the principal bassoonist of the Bolshoy Theater of Russia (Moscow)4/1998 (Das Orch.)
10/2002
12/2002 (bassoon.org)
76011935stolen
760319351serviced by Laslie/Nordby
7605193511973
760919342serviced by Laslie/Nordby12/2002 (MusicalChairs.eu.com)
7/2003 (musicalchairs.info)
3/2005
761119331
761419351restored in 1993
761919353Rollers on the F and Ab. No high d or e keys. Low A bell.Fox research instrument.1975
8/2002 (IDRS)
762019351restored by Laslie/Nordby
7623/619351
In case
Broken/repaired bell ring
Serial number
10/2008 (eBay)
763919351serviced by Laslie/Nordby
764119351
In case
In case
Restored by J. Laslie/Nordby 2007
764219351
7652193511973
765419351
765619352High D/E.Marcus tubes
765819351
766319351black1982
7666/61936
full length
front of boot
4/2009 (vioworld.de)
767319362002
770219351
77031935Refinished and new pads, corks, and felt. Ivory ring on bell joint; installed finger tubes. Five rollers, High D key, Left hand Whisper key locks.2/2004 (Bassoon.org)
7713193511953
771619351973
77231935
In case, view 1
In case, view 2
In Case, view 3
Assembled
10/2007 (ricardo.ch)
775519351
77561936
77611936serviced by Keyes.1995
776419361Long boreserviced by Laslie/Nordby1970
776619361serviced by Laslie/Nordby
77671936
Front of boot
Back of boot
Front of wing
Mid back
Bell
10/2007 (private)
776819361serviced by Laslie/Nordby
777119361
777219361
7776193616/1996
778219361serviced by Laslie/Nordby
778319361Two bassoons put together-different long join and bell1983
779019362Palisander
779819361
780x1936
On pegs
On pegs
Left finger holes
Bell Band
restored by Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 6/2006)
780219361Silverplated keywork.
7805May 19361
780619361Refinished by Mollenhauer
7813193611/2012 (IDRS)
78161936restored by Laslie/Nordby in 1995
78201936serviced by Laslie/Nordby
782119361serviced by Laslie/Nordby
782419365/2000
783019361serviced by Laslie/Nordby
7831193611986
783519366/2003 (Germany)
784119361
7846/119361
In case
Left thumb
Right thumb
Boot-back
Boot-back (2)
Boot-front
Wing-side view
Winf-front
Long joint
Bell
6/2006
78471936No high d key, extra rollers for low C/D and F/Ab, silver plated keys.12/2002 (bassoon.org)
785019361
785519361Long joint is 11,000 series replacementrestored by Laslie/Nordby
7857193611983
786019361985
786419362003
786519361maintained by Laslie/Nordby
786619361Complete overhaul, 10/20106/1993
10/2010 (Charles Huebner shop)
786719361
7869193617/2001
8/2009 (IDRS.org)
78701936serviced by Laslie/Nordby
787619361Used professionally in the Saginaw Symphony. Complete restoration in 1980.1968
78771936No High D or High E key, simple model4/2002 (IDRS)
78811936serviced by Laslie/Nordby
78961936High D/e, tubes1988
789719361Ab/Bb trill1994
7/2000
789919361serviced in 19831996
79011936110/1992
790619361
790919361
Bell
Upper part/front
Upper part/back
Left thumb area
Right-hand finger area
Back of boot
Front of boot
Low Db/Eb keys
Left index finger close-up
12/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
791819361
Instrument in case
Bell
Wing
Boot
Long joint tenon
No High D/E
792119361World system1984
7925193611997
793919362High D and E keys, hard plastic tubesPlayed professionally in Europe.3/2002 (bassoon.org)
5/2002 (www.musicalchairs.eu.com)
7943193616/2007
7960/11936
Serial number on boot
Wing joint
8/2002 (eBay)
796219361
796319361
7967193629/1999
798219362
798519361
79861936
799119362High D and E keys.Used in the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Atlanta, Colorado, and Seattle Symphony orchestras. Stolen in Pittsburg, November 2006.1966
6/2003 (IDRS)
8000s
800019361
800319361
800919361
8010/11936
In case
In case (2)
All joints
1/2011 (eBay)
801219371
80211937Standard Key System with Left Hand whisper Lock.10/2006
80241937Used in the Leipzig Gewandhaus
802519371New finish, new silver plating. Rollers, high e.Restored in Germany.8/2002 (bassoon.org)
802819371serviced in 1994
803719371
804x1937
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 4/2008)
804119371
Upright
In case
Model 41iUsed in performances in New York and Los Angelas orchestras as well as many of the classic Walt Disney movie productions, i.e., Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, etc. It was also used in the Benny Goodman story with Steve Allen where Milton Marcus appeared on screen playing this bassoon.3/2003 (ebay)
804419371
Full-length
Label on bell
Mid section
Left thumb area
10/2003 (musicalchairs.info)
805519371
806519371serviced by Laslie/Nordby
8066193717/1984
807419371black
808019371
8083Sep 19371Longer than normal wing and long joints1/1997 (Das Orch)
808719371
809319371
809419372
Full-length
5/2008 (kirkerbassoonrepair.com)
809519371
809819372
81031937serviced by Laslie/Nordby
810419371Has Conn bell
811019371
81241937
812519371
8127/619372
In Case
Bell
Front of wing and long joints
Back of wing and long joints
Front of boot
Back of boot
Serviced by Jimmy Keys in the 1980s. Added tubes, rollers, high D and E keys and a A-vent whisper key bridge. Serviced by Chad Taylor in April 2006
812919374serviced by Laslie/Nordby
813119373Used in the London Symphony Orchestra
8135193721983
8137193712/85
81381938
814319381
8145193816/2009 (private)
8146193811983
815119381
In case
Assembled, front
Joints laying out
Assembled, back
Mucetti Model1/2005 (bassoon.org)
815319381980
815719381
815819384high D and E keys, rollers on little finger clusters and between whisper and c# keys, left and right hand whisper key locks, and crutch assembly.5/2000
3/2005
81621938Restoration by Laslie
816419381Stolen from Leipzig Opera.
8175193812/2008 (eBay)
8177/319381Nickel plated, French bell.High D and E added. Refinished by Liango Lin. Current owner says "A crack in the bell was apparently repaired at the Heckel factory, post WWII, and probably (?) at the same time, the logo was sanded off, so there is no Heckel logo at all, but the bell is stamped 'Made in West Germany' just above the tenor joint."1991
81791938Used in the Berlin Opera. Refurbished by Keith Bowen.5/2005 (IDRS)
818619381
819019384Model 41iPlayed from 1948 to 1978 in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Renovated by Walter Rieger in Frankfurt. Apparently a previous owner had made some changes of his own, including drilling a few holes in the Bassooon! He installed his own crook lock, high D key, balance hanger and water vent on the boot U-bend. The bassoon has now been restored to as original as possible.early 1940s
2000
10/2004
8193May 19381Longer than normal wing and long joints
82011938
820319382
Front view
Back view
Originally a world system; converted by Fox. High D and E keys added by Heckel. Used in the Swedish National Symphony.2/2006 (bassoon.org)
820419381serviced by Laslie/Nordby
820519381Wing joint not original. Heckel added High D and E
82061938Restoration by Laslie
821119381973
8217/41938Used in the Orchestra do Teatro Municipal, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Restored by HARY SCHWEIZER 2004.
822419381serviced by Laslie/Nordby1978
822619381
822719381serviced by Laslie/Nordby
823319381
823519381
824319381restored by Laslie/Nordby in 19972/1998
824419381Long wing joint
824519381
825019385/2004 (Wichita Band)
825319381
825619382/2000
826319381
In Case
Bell
Wing and Long joint
Boot and Bell
serviced by Laslie/Nordby3/2006
826419381
82751938(Russia)
827619381
82771938serviced by Laslie/Nordby
8278/519381
Instrument in case
Serial
Left Thumb area
Left Finger area
Left Thumb 2
Left Fingers 2
Right Finger area
Right Thumb area
Original owner stampings
1939 (to Lidl Co. in Czechoslovakia)
5/2002 (bassoon.org)
8280193811991
82831938Silver plated, High E, balance hangerPlayed in professional orchestra for 10 years.
82851938
82861938
8291/219381
Boot-Back
Boot-Front
Serial Number
Low Eb/Db mechanism
Wing-Back
Wing-Front
Bell
Instrument sat idle for 23 years
8295Jan 19392
829719397/2000
829919392000 (Russia)
8300193917/1998
830119391
All joints
All joints flipped
Restored by J.Laslie/Nordby 2001
83041939Complete overhaul by Rieger at Ruesselsheim, all keywork replaced (copied from a 13000-series Heckel), silver-plated, high D and E, E/F# trill.1/2004 (IDRS-Germany)
831019392
83141939Stolen in Germany
83212004
5/2005
832919391
833019392Used for principal Bassoon of the Chamber Orchestra of the Belgian Radio and the Belgian Symphonic Radio Orchestra.
833119391Once owned by Pezzi. Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
833319391
Full-length
Boot front
10/2003 (vioworld.de)
833519391restored by Laslie/Nordby in 1993
834319392High E, Eb, D, Eb trill between 2 and 3, pinky whisper key, right thumb whisper lock, 6 metal tubes, some extra rollers.Restored by Marcus Wieler Bassoon Workshop. Maintained by James Laslie and Paul Nordby.1989
8/2002 (bassoon.org)
834519391
834619391Converted by Keyes to French left hand
8362/019392Rollers: Right Hand Bb, F#, F and Ab, rollers on long joint C and D and a rocker whisper key lock on the tenor joint. It has inserts in the C, D and E holes in the tenor jointUsed in Vienna Philharmonic and then in the San Francisco Symphony and Opera until 1967.7/2003 (McChamberMusic.com)
836619391
83671939serviced by Laslie/Nordby
83701939serviced by Laslie/Nordby
837319391983
83921939High D, and high E keys.Instrument purchased from teacher, William Polisi (1974). Maintenance work done by Carl Sawicki. Played professionally in New York, Atlanta, and Europe for 30 years.1974
6/2007 (bassoon.org)
8393/119391
In Case
Label on Boot
Front of Boot
Boot and Wing joint
Wing and Bell
In Case (new)
Bell (new)
Bell ring (new)
Back of boot (new)
Right finger holes (new)
Wing joint (new)
Left finger holes (new)
Right thumb keys (new)
Top tenon of long joint (new)
Bottom tenon of long joint (new)
Serial number (new)
Basic model 41iHigh D and E added.8/2005 (music store in Germany)
2/2009 (IDRS.org)
839719391
84021939Has had keywork replaced with Adler keywork; was also refinished by Adler and therefore looks like an Adler bassoon.Reported stolen, November 2008 in Tokyo.
840719391
840919391
8413193911995
84141940
8421193911985
842219401
842519401
843219401
843319401
843419401High d, high e, 9 original rollers. Hard rubber tone-hole inserts.Overhauled by Moosmann. New finish and replated keys. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.8/2002 (bassoon.org)
10/2002 (idrs.org)
4/2003 (bassoon.org)
1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
843519401
844119401
84421940
844419401Restored by Carl Sawicki. All standard rollers, silver keys, high D and E, A flat/Bb flat trill.3/2002 (bassoon.org)
844619401High D/E5/2000
846119401
8462/31940
In case
Back
serial number
Left thumb area
Right thumb area
Right finger holes
used in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra3/2009 (Fagotriet.nl)
3/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
84661940Recent overhaul7/2003 (fagott.de)
8467194011/1997
847419403Totally restored by Jim Laslie. French whisper key added by Carl Sawicki. Said to have been played in the Vienna Philharmonic.1977
1992
84761940
84771940111/1997
1989
847819402Added keywork: Ab/Bb trill R.H. Eb trill with displaced C#. High D and E key low E/F# rollers left hand whisper key lock low C extension.Completely restored, refinished, and replated by Marvin Kranz of St. Louis in 2002.4/2000
10/2001
8/2002 (bassoon.org)
849219401
849319401
849519402serviced by Laslie/Nordby6/2007 (private)
850519401serviced by Laslie/Nordby
850619401
Back: Boot
Back: Boot/Mid
Back: Left Thumb
Back: Long/Bell
Back: Bell
Front: Boot
Front: Boot/Mid
Front: Left Finger holes
Front: Long/Bell
World system; High D and E keysConverted by Heckel in 1996; Water tubes by Holden McAleer
8519/51940
All parts-front
All parts-back
In case
Serial number
Boot cap
Wing joint-back
Wing joint-front
Boot-back
Boot-front
Close-up of right-hand I tone hole
Close-up of Ab key
Close-up of Low C key
Close-up of Low C key
Owned by a school along with 6250 and 86256/2004 (Wichita Band)
2/2005 (eBay/Wichita Band)
85201940
852119411Used in a major European orchestra.10/2002 (mddoublereed.com, bassoon.org)
4/2003 (bassoon.org)
852219411Multiple rollers, tubesOverhauled and regularly serviced by Marcus Weiler. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.sold 9/2006 (bassoon.org)
1997
855319421
855519421Longer than normal wing and long joints10/2001
857719411serviced by Laslie/Nordby1971
85781941Stolen
85791941
85801941
85811942
860519421Used by Yamaha as prototype. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
86111942serviced by Laslie/Nordby
8624194211983
86251942Owned by a music schhol along with 6250 and 8519
86371942111/93
86381942
86391943
Serial Number
Back of boot
Left Thumb keys
Bell
Bell Ring
Eb/Db key area
Left hand finger holes
Front of boot
Back of wing
Featured in a YouTube video titled improvisation nr. 410/2001 (Bassoon.org)
865219431
865619431
867019431
867119431
868319431
86841943
870019434/1997
88441943
In case
Gentlemen's model10/2002 (tcgakki.com)
89511943Total restoration
9000s
900019431
900119442This instrument was listed as stolen in January 2011. Alt the time of the theft, all of the keys were off of the instrument, incuding the U-tube on the boot joint, so what was stolen was the four wooden joints with posts and springs.Used in the Houston Symphony.
9002/2194412/2011 (MusicalChairs.com)
90071944serviced by Laslie/Nordby
901119441
90131944
902619441
902719441
90341944maintained by Laslie/Nordby
90351944
903619441
90371944serviced by Laslie/Nordby
904819441
904919441serviced by Laslie/Nordby
906119441serviced by Laslie/Nordby
90631944
90651944
90671945
908619451990
911019451
91111945serviced by Laslie/Nordby1990
911219451/2008 (Wichita Band)
911819451
91231945
Front
Back
High D, plus Ab/Bb trill (pinky) on boot joint. All standard rollers plus low C/D, little finger F#/Ab4/1999
8/2000
912419452Ab/Bb trill, rollers on left thumb whisper key/C# key; low D/C.Recently overhauled by Tom Yaeh at RDG inc. Refinished by Heckel in 1958.4/2005 (bassoon.org)
912519451serviced by Laslie/Nordby
91311945serviced by Laslie/Nordby
913219451980
913319451
In Case
Front of Boot
Left finger holes
Left thumb keys
Back of Boot
Full-length back
High D and E, Ab/Bb trill3/67
1994
8/2009 (KoppReeds.com)
91411945
914219451
914319451
914619461Used in the Milwaukee Symphony for over 32 years.4/2003 (bassoon.org)
9147194611986
914819461
914919441
915619462silver plating and refinishing by Paul Covey 1972.1973 (private to Florida)
916119461
91661946serviced by Laslie/Nordby
91691946E/Eb trill1975
917019461
917419461
917519461
91761946Includes high E key, all extra rollers, Ab/Bb trill key, Eb trill key.Complete refinish and regular maintenance from Marcus/Weiller. Played professionally with the Toronto Symphony and Caliban Bassoon Quartet for 11 years.1/2003 (bassoon.org)
917719461
917819461restored 19981997
917919461serviced by Laslie/Nordby1992
9184194614/1998
918619461Serviced by Laslie. High D/E, rollers for right thumb
91911946
In case
Bell
Boot Front
Back of Boot
Front of Long/Wing
Back of Long/Wing
Began its life owned by a pro in the German Wurzberg Orchestra and came to the US in 1980 to its second owner.6/2009 (charlesmusic)
919319464/2001
91941946
92001947
920119471Ab/Bb trill key, extra rollers, left hand Eb trill key, right-hand whisper key lock, rollers on Low D/Low C, Sterling-silver plating.Restored and maintained by Carl Sawicki. Replated sterling silver keys.6/2002 (bassoon.org)
11/2002
1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
920519471
921019471
Back
Front
Left thumb area
Back of boot
restored by Laslie/Nordby in 2007
921119472
921219471
92151947
In Case
Front of wing and long joints
Back of wing and long joints
Front of boot
Back of boot
Bell
9/2010 (CharlesMusic.com)
9218194718/1997 (Das Orch)
92231947serviced by Laslie/Nordby
922419471
922519471
922619471High D and tubes.Maintained by Moosmann. Used in professional European career. Silver replated.10/2000
922719471
9230194717/2001
92321947
92331948
92351948Silver tubes. High D and high E, plateau key on the third finger left hand, Ab alternate key.Keith Bowen - resilvered the keywork.7/2003 (charles music)
923619481
9237/619483
All joints-1
All joints-2
Serial number
Light brown, with High DRenovated by Puchner in 1987. Used as principal bassoon in Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from 1947 until 19891979
8/2001
11/2008 (The Music Source)
924219481
924319481
924519481Restored 1997
924719481
92511948serviced by Laslie/Nordby
92621948serviced by Laslie/Nordby
9264194811987
926519492Used in the Metropolitan Opera
926619481Stolen in 1964, San Francisco
928019491Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
928219483/2007 (vioworld-klassik.de)
92831949
928419491
92871949serviced by Laslie/Nordby
929019491Palisander wood, originally nickel plated keywork. Rollers on Bb and Ab key. Whisper key lock for the right thumb. High D and high Eb/E-F# trill key.Restored by Moosmann in 1990; keywork silver plated, double low C and high E added. Protruding rubber tubes on first and third hole added.1988
929619491Serviced 9/1984
929819491
92991949
93001950
930319501
930719501Orange/red, silver keywork, French Bell. 4 rollers, High d, standard position high e, Right thumb c#2, Left hand Eb trill, rt and lft whisper key lock, balance hanger, tapered finger tubes.Completely restored.10/2001
93091950serviced by Laslie/Nordby
931419501Restored in late 1980s12/2004
9330195016/2007 (private)
93341950
933519501
933919501Serviced 1976
934119501
934419501Mentioned in the Burton book
93461950serviced by Laslie/Nordby1983
934819501
9350195016 water tubes. Factory high D, E keys, Ab/Bb trill, Heckel right thumb whisper lock.8/1998
1/2003 (Baltimore Woodwind)
935219501Used in the Philadelphia Orchestra
935419501serviced by Laslie/Nordby
935719501Left pinky whisper key Heckel added Ab/Bb trill, high e and extended the high d key. Blonde finish.Extensive work performed by Carl Sawicki1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
93591951Serviced by Marvin Krantz
9360195110/2002 (Charles Doublereed)
936419511
93661951no tubes
9369/119511
Front
Back
Thumb keywork
Serial number
Silver plating; high E key, little finger (French) whisper key.Restored in 1994: rollers added for Left hand Whisper and C#, entire Right hand thumb fingerboard added with Bb and F# rollers, plateau pancake E and right hand G# added to match. During 2008 overhaul: moved vent pipe north under pad, added high E key, Left hand whisper lock moved south, complete mechanical overhaul, including reworking the rollered fingerboards for improved playability.1/2003 (Baltimore Woodwind)
4/2008 (Evans Bassoon Repair and Restoration Studio)
937319511
93781951
Bell
Boot Front
Boot Back
Left Thumb keys
Left finger holes
12/2010 (Miller Marketing)
93801951serviced by Laslie/Nordby
938519512
938819511
9389195111991
939119511serviced by Laslie/Nordby
939519511
939719521Repairs by Holden McAlier
94021951serviced by Laslie/Nordby
940919512Complete restoration by Marcus; added a divided long joint and tubes in all finger holes.11/1998
941019511
941219511Black, High D, Ab/Bb trill1970
9417195111983
942019511
942219511
942419511mentioned in the Burton book
9427/219511
942919511
943x1951
On pegs
Left Thumb area
Originally a Mucetti model. Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 11/2007)
94361951
944119511High E, rollersserviced by Laslie/Nordby11/2003 (private)
944419511High D/E, Ab/Bb trill1976
944619511Repairs by Marcus
944919521
945219511
945419511
945619511Ab/Bb trill key, right hand crook lock.High E key, low C touch, low C#/D# trill button added.11/2006 (owner info)
945919511serviced by Laslie/Nordby1989
946619512serviced by Laslie/Nordby
94671951serviced by Laslie/Nordby
946919511
94731951serviced by Laslie/Nordby
947619511
947919517/2006 (England)
94811951serviced by Laslie/Nordby
948219513/2006 (Germany)
3/2009 (www.musik-anzeigen.net)
8/2009 (vioworld.de)
948419511serviced by Laslie/Nordby
948919511
949119511990
949419511Purchased by Simon Kovar for a student.1951 (private)
949619512
949819511
95031951French mechanism for left hand, original satin dark brown finish, ivory ring, both sides of boot joint lined.Used in Swedish symphony orchestra since 1949.4/2004
1/2005 (IDRS)
9515195111984
951719531
95241951
95251952
9527195211988
953019521
95341952serviced by Laslie/Nordby
956419521
956519521Rosewood, French system long joint
95781952Rosewood, High D/e
958619521
9588195219/2007
9590/319521
In Case
Bell
Long joint
Boot front
Boot back
Wing front
Wing back
Serial number
High E10/2003 (musicalchairs.info)
959219521French long jointserviced by Laslie/Nordby
959419521
9596195211979
960119522
960519522Maintained by Frank Marcus1969
3/2003 (bassoon.org)
1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
961219521
961519524/2007 (www.fagot.nl)
96171952
All joints
All joints flipped
Left thumb area
Left finger holes
restored by Laslie/Nordby in 2001
961919522High D and E keys and rollers on several of the right hand keys. Left hand, small finger whisper key, a whisper key lock operated by the right thumb, a right thumb G to Bb trill. Whisper key lock, French whisper key. French bell. Several rollers on the boot section and the long joint.serviced by Laslie/Nordby4/2001
6/2001
962619521serviced by Laslie/Nordby1989
96311952
963319521
963619521serviced by Laslie/Nordby
9638/61952
Serial number
Serial number inside end cap
Bell
Bell Label
Bell Ring
Low Bb key
Back of Boot
Top of Boot Back
Top of Boot Front
Top of Boot Side
View down the Boot
Back of Long joint
Back of Long joint
Side of Long joint
Side of Long joint
Label on Long joint
Back of Wing
Front of Wing
Side of Wing
Label on Wing
Label on Wing
Whisper key
serviced by Laslie/Nordby
96391952
96401953
96421953
Left thumb keys
Right thumb keys
Right finger keys
12/2011 (private)
96441953serviced by Laslie/Nordby
966819541
97031954Mucetti system8/1999
5/2000
97071954serviced by Laslie/Nordby
971019541
971219541seriviced by Laslie
971619531Used by principal bassoonist of Israel Philharmonic for over 35 years.11/2003 (bassoon.org)
97171954
972019542Red/orange instrument with an unusual right hand Bb key immediately above the G key on the boot jointUsed in the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo (MI) symphonies, as well as faculty member at Hope College. Also in the Green Bay Symphony, in the Midland (MI) Symphony and the Valley Wind Quintet of Saginaw Valley State University. Restored by Rennick Ross. Recently maintained by Paul Lein.1973
972119541
972519541Metal bell ring.Ordered for Paul Tucci by Paul Hindemith (both at Yale University) at the same time that Hindemith ordered a Heckelphone. Heckelphone serial number not known. Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore.
972719541
Bell
Bell again
Bell label
Front of boot
Close-up of front of boot
Back of boot
Back of boot again
Top of boot
U-Tube
U-Tube again
Front of wing
Back of wing
Close-up of wing
Label on wing
Front of wing and long joint
Back of wing and long joint
Back of long joint
Side of long joint
Right thumb area
Model 41i, Muccetti system, black, nickel plated, metal tubes, Ab/Bb Trill, D/Eb trill and complete roller set right and left hands.Completly restored by Heckel in February 2001. Professionally played for 20+ years in Teatro "La Fenice" di Venezia, then the "Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana" di ROMA and "Orchestra Sinfonica NAZIONALE della RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana" a Torino.6/2006
972819541
973819531
97411954serviced by Laslie/Nordby
974519541tubes, high-E-key, Ab/Bb-trill-key, A-headjoint5/2007 (leitzinger.de)
5/2007 (info-serve.de)
974619542restored by Laslie/Nordby in 1999
974919541
97721954
978019541Mercetti system
9786/619541
In Case
Bell
Serial Number
Used by the first solo player in San Carlo di Napoli (1947-1963). Used by the first solo player in Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (1963-1987). Performance heard and noted by Igor Stravinsky (18-10-1959).
978919541
981119541
9824/31954
In Case
In Case 2
Right finger holes
Left finger holes
Right thumb keys
Left thumb keys
Bell
Serial number
Serial number 2
9833195412/1999
983819541High E, Ab/Bb trill, tubes1988
984419543
9846195411980
9848195413/1998 (Das Orch)
985219541
985319541
985419541
985919541High D/E, D/D# trill, Ab/Bb trill1972
98611954
98721954
98731955
9875/219552
Serial number
Low Bb key
Back of wing
Close-up of back of wing
Left thumb/long joint
Back of boot
Front of boot
3/2006 (eBay)
987719552Used in St. Louis Symphony
98791955serviced by Laslie/Nordby
988419551New keys and U-tube
9886195511994
98881955Built for A=444serviced by Laslie/Nordby
989019551serviced by Laslie/Nordby
989219552
98931955
989519553High e, low e to f link.7/1998
2/2004 (Bassoon.org)
989719551black, French bellIn the Detroit area its entire life. Voiced and made playable by Hugh Cooper in 1990-91. Worked on by Keith Bowen in 2000...installed new finger tubes in the wing and boot, and added a tab key to the low d key, for facilitating the short c# fingering.1990
9906195517/2009 (kleinanzeigen.info-serve.de)
991219551Black
991519551
991719551
991819551High D/E, extra rollers5/2000
992119551
9923195511/2006
9926Dec 19541
Front
Back
Used by the principal bassoonist in the Sinfonieorchester Osnabrueck11/2006 (vioworld.de)
2/2007 (bassoon.org)
993019546/2007 (info-serve.de)
9937/219551Balance hanger12/1998
10/2003 (VioWorld.de)
6/2006
12/2011 (vioworld.de)
993919551
99411955High D/E, Ab/Bb trillserviced by Laslie/Nordby2/1998
1998
9946195516/2000
99581955
996x/21955
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 11/2006)
996119551High D, Eb, E, Eb trill, Ab-Bb trill and RT whisper key lock, tone holes and G vent liners, all added. Original rollers Eb-Db, F-Ab.Recently brought up to original playing condition by Marcus/Weiler, previously maintained by Carl Sawicki and John Gable. Played professionally for ten years in the Sacramento Symphony.5/1998
4/2002 (bassoon.org and IDRS)
996319551Played professionally in New York City. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1/2003 (bassoon.org)
9968/6Jan 19552First instrument with divided long joint. Color: amber/brown. High D key added later, no High E key. Tubes only for left hand III and right hand II.
997019561
997419561
997519561Stolen in Feb 2003 from Stolen from Wayne State University. Detroit MI.
997619561
9977195611998
9980/619563
In Case
Left hand finger holes
Right hand finger holes
Back of boot and bell
Serial number
Left thumb keys
Ivory ring Bb bell, Metal-ring Low A bell. Low A key for left thumb and left pinky. Low C#-D# trill, extra low C# hole and key, rollers on thumb C/D, pinky C#/D# Low E-F linkage (permanent), Ab-Bb trill (extra hole - no extra touch). Thumb whisper key touch, whisper key lock (forefinger). G# ring mechanism (forefinger), Eb trill touch (forefinger, hole on wing joint). Relocated alt C# touch (very short, under forefinger), rollers on thumb F#; pinky F, F#, Ab; ring finger G. Hole for balance hangar. Eb trill (between II and III, extra touch on boot, pinky whisper touch (inboard of all other keys), high D, high E
99811955High D/E, French whisper key10/2001
11/2002 (Baltimorewoodwindrepair.com)
998219551wing tenon broken
998419551
999019551
999119552Used in BBC Orchestra.2000
999319551
In Case
In Case; wing and boot flipped over
11/2006 (vioworld.de)
8/2009 (vioworld.de)
99941956
9995/619561Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 7/2007)1995
99961956
In case
In case 2
4/2009 (vioworld.de)
9998195610/2003 (VioWorld.de)
10000s
100001956
1000519561serviced by Laslie/Nordby1968
100071956Played in the Atlanta Symphony4/2003 (bassoon.org)
1/2005 (bassoon.org)
2/2006 (bassoon.org)
1000919562Low A bell8/2000
1001019561
1001119561Restored in 1998 by Marvin Krantz
100141956serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1001819561
100201956serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1002219561
1003119561
10038/319562
Serial number
Right thumb area
Low B key
10/2006 (vioworld-klassik.de)
11/2008 (woodwinds.fi)
10044195611984
1004519561
100551956
1005619561Brown colorAdded High E. Replated in silver. Restored in 1997. Color changed to Bismark brown.
1005819561Ivory bell ring. Tone hole liners. Left hand high D and E keys, Eb and C# trill keys; rollers on low Eb and Db pinky keys. Right hand whisper key lock, Ab-Bb trill key positioned below alternate Ab key. Rollers include F, Ab and thumb Gb keys.Restored 1983. Maintained by Carl Sawicki.12/2003 (IDRS)
11/2007 (bassoon.org)
1006019562
In case
Full-back
Front of boot
Back of boot
Left finger area
Left thumb area
4/2003 (musicalchairs.info)
7/2003 (musicalchairs.info)
4/2005
100691957Model 41i ordered with high D and high E and German bell
1007119563Low E/Low F bridge. The Bb key guard is also very large, heavy and impressive. The left hand first finger has a very small downward slanting hole drilled in the wood that enters the bore quite low.serviced by Laslie/Nordby1967
1007419561Gold Plated
10078195619/1999
100821956
100831957
1010519571981
1010719572restored 19985/1998
10114/21957
In Case
Full length
Right Thumb area
Left Thumb area
Front of boot
Left finger holes
Mucetti system6/2010 (eBay.de)
10116195711984
1011819561
1012219571
1012519571Moritz system
1012719571990
1013119581
101351957
In case, view 1
In case, view 2
5/207 (vioworld.de)
101381958serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1014x1958
Back of boot
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 2/2009)
1014219581Used in the Santa Cecilia Academy.6/2004 (musicalchairs.info)
1/2011 (musicalchairs.info)
10144/61958Silver-plated. Trill Ab/Bb, tremolo b/g, Bb/F, rollers for DC, B/Bb, b-fis, A; Balance hanger.1/2003 (musikinstrumentenboerse.de)
7/2003 (fagott.de)
1014719571Mentioned in the James Burton Book. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
101511957111/2002 (bassoon.org)
11/2002
1015619571
1016x/61957
In case
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 10/2006)
101621957serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1016619571
101711957serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1017319572serviced by Laslie/Nordby
101751957serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1017719579/1999
10184195715/2000
1018719571990
1018819571Silver, High D and E1967
1971
1018919571Originally without a high c/d or e. Also originally had a Most of this extra keywork has been removed.Complete restoration done on this instrument including key plating.
10191195710/2003 (VioWorld.de)
1019719571Wing Tenon repaired. Snapped and glued
1019919571
1020619581
1020819571High D and E addedNew finish by Heckel some years ago and new silver by Moosmann. Played professionaly in a major orchestra in The Netherlands.9/2006 (bassoon.org)
102101957
102111958
10219195811/2001
102243/2009 (International Musician)
1022819581
10232195811960
1023819581
10239/419581
Back of bell
Front of bell
Wing view 1
Wing view 2
Back of long joint
Front of long joint
Front of boot
Back of boot
Serial number
In case
102411958serviced by Laslie/Nordby
102441958serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1024519581
1024619581Repairs in 1976
102471958serviced by Laslie/Nordby
10254195811990
102561958serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1026519581
10268195811987
1027419581
1027719582
1027919581
1028319581984
1028519582Divided long joint. Rollers between right thumb Bb and pancake; pancake and F#. Left Thumb C# to A; A to C and rollers between low d and c. Also the standard rollers Eb to Db and F to Ab.Instrument built for the West Deutscher Rundfunk; stamped WDR on the boot cap. Marcus tubes. Originally shipped with no High D. High D added later by Carl Sawicki. High E and right hand D-Eb trill key added by Marcus.11/1984
10287/61958
In Case
left thumb area
left finger holes
Serial number
Back
Used in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra3/2009 (Fagotriet.nl)
3/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
10300195811990
1030719581High D, E and F#Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1967
1030919581serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1031x1959
On pegs
Restoration at Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 3/2006)
1031119581
1031219591
103181959Gentleman's model. Completely restored in 2002 by Rieger, Germany. This instrument has been played full time by the principal bassoonist of a major symphony orchestra in Berlin.11/2002 (bassoon.org)
1032019601
1032219601Left on the curb on May 20, 2007 on Nordoff Boulevard, Los Angeles. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
1032519601This instrument have been played at the Scala di Milano for many years.10/2001 (Bassoon.org)
3/2006 (musicalchairs.com)
1032719602High DAdded High E; refinished; repaired dry root in the boot; A-bridge added; added brass rings to the long joint tenons (Marcus and Weiler). Water tubes installed by Moennig.12/1997
7/1999
1033119601
1033319601
10340196011/2004 (musicalchairs.info)
103421960serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1035019601
103511960serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1035319611
1036419601
103561960serviced by Laslie/Nordby
10360/319602
InCase
Wing joint
Close-up of left-hand finger area
Close-up of half-hole plateau
Serial numbers
10/2007 (private)
10370196011983
1037719603Ab/Bb trill link; right hand thumb crook lock; balance hanger; link between bottom B/Bb, can be turned on and off; extra rollers on A speaker key, low B key.Used in Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic9/2007 (bassoon.org)
10/2007 (musicalchairs.info)
10378196011984
103881959High E key, standard rollers.4/2003 (Landy bassoon repair)
1039119592Metal ring on bell. Almost every extra key known to man is on this instrument. There are even adjusting screws (8) to adjust pad height and boot joint has metal liners in every tone hole rising above the pad seat in order to achieve perfect seal. French whisper key (left little finger).4/2003 (bassoon.org)
103951959Long joint and bell paired with 12745
10399195910/2004 (Maartin Vonk)
104041960Gentleman's model, black finish. Offset High E, Eb, and Eb trill. Additional low C# hole; articulated Ab-Bb trill; body lock, hand rest. All tubes and standard rollers. "Disabled" Low A bell.Serviced by Marcus/Wieler.6/2002
10/2002 (bassoon.org)
1040619601
104101960
104111960
1042119601
1042719601Low AStolen 5/1969
1043619611
10438196111967
1044019611Included in the James Burton book
1044219611
104431961
1044519611
104641961110/2011 (VioWorld.de)
1046619611
1047019611
1048119611Used in Rochester, NY. Had single Low Db/Eb key mechanism, has since been changed to traditional 2 key system. In 1994 the D tone-hole was re-drilled by Marcus-Wheeler. Circa 1995 the wing joint tenon had to be replaced after an accidental drop.1990
1048219611
1048619611
1048819612
In case
Wide F# key in front, with full rollers. Full set of rollers on the right thumb, with a "coupled" Ab-Bb trill, a little-finger ("french") whisper key, as well as a left thumb lock with a sideways sliding motion, and a large spatula on the low D key. No water tubes, and no high E key.Some work by Hans Moennig. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.1982
1983
1049019611All repairs by Heckel3/1996
1049319611
1050419612No high D key. Two rollers, one for each pinkie.Played professionally in the 1970's and 80's1972
4/2004 (IRDS)
1050819611
105121961112/2000
10519196112/2000
10521196111/2011 (private)
105231961serviced by Laslie/Nordby
10524/119613Orangy-brown colour, high D and E-keys, Bb/Ab trill, rollers at the right thumb, nickel-plated.Used in the Orchestre National de Lyon in France. Previously used in the Belgian National Orchestra.1970s
1999
1052619611Stolen
105341961
105351961
1054319611
10545196111/2006 (Germany)
1054719601
105491961serviced by Laslie/Nordby
105511961serviced by Laslie/Nordby
105601961overhauled in 19948/2005 (netinstruments.com)
1056119611Stolen-Aug 1972
1056519611
1056719611
1056919611
1057119611
105731961Ab-Bb trill, Left thumb whisper key lock, High D key, 4 Rollers, Ivory German bell,Refinished and replated (silver)1/2005 (bassoon.org)
1057619612Made for the Frankfurt Opera.
10582196111991
1058819611
1059119611Stolen in 1974
1059319611
10595196115/2002 (Baltimore Woodwind Repair)
10600196111986
1060919611High D and E, left-hand Eb trill, French whisper key, Ab/Bb trill and tubes in all finger holes.2006 restoration by Carl Sawicki
1061119611
10613196111968
1061719611serviced by Laslie/Nordby1961
1061919611
1062619611
10637196111995
1063919611serviced by Laslie/Nordby
106411961
1065019621
106521962serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1066319621
1066519621tubes, rollers, High D and E, G# ring(Wichita Band)
1066919621Used in the James Burton book
1067119631serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1067219631Repairs in 1984
1067619632
106831963Stolen 11/1969
10685196311991
10689196311985
1987
1069x/41963
On pegs
Right finger holes
Right thumb area
High E key
long joint
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 5/2008)
1069319633Metal ring bell, divided long joint, sterling silver keys, Ab/Bb trill, E/F mechanism, Low C#/D# mechanism, Low B natural, Bb placed over low C, high D, E keys, Left thumb whisper key lock.Used in the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet, the Seattle Symphony, Opera and Ballet. Overhaul by Keith Bowen.4/2003 (idrs)
1069619631
107001963
Over All
Bottom
Low D key
Left thumb
Top of wing
Low B key
Bell
Black10/2003 (Kirker Bassoon Repair)
1070419631Stolen-but has been recovered
1071119631Checked by Hans Moennig. Played professionally by solo bassoon player in Philharmonic and opera orchestra in Europe.By original owner 11/2002 (bassoon.org)
1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
1071319631serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1071819631
107331963High D and E, combination Low Db/Eb key
1073519631Italian bell.Ordered by the original owner during a visit to the Heckel factory with Enzo Muccetti. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
1075419631
1075619631No High D
1076319641serviced by Laslie/Nordby
107671964111/1996
1077119641
1077619641
1078219641
107851964Stolen 6/5/09 near American Jewish University in West Los Angeles
10787196411/2005
1079119641
1079419641
10796196411996
108001964Stolen1983
10802196411969
1080519641
1081619643Maintained by Hans Moennig and Frank Marcus.10/2001
1/2002
1081819651986
10820/319651High D and E, with c# rollers, thumb f#, Ab/Bb tr, nickel keywork.7/2003
1082219651
1083319651serviced by Laslie/Nordby1970
1083819651
10844196529/2006
108481965Stolen
10849196523/2009 (private)
10855/419652Used in the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony.1974
1085719651
1090219651BlackChanged to striped
109041965serviced by Laslie/Nordby
10910196514/1998
109171964serviced by Laslie/Nordby11/2006 (www.fagot.nl)
1093219641Ab/Bb trill, tubes, High D and Eserviced by Laslie/Nordby1987
1093419651
1093719651
109391965Tubes, High D and E, Ab/Bb trill, rollers1984
1094119652serviced by Laslie/Nordby
10946196511/2001
109481965Repairs by Bowen 2/1998. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.9/1997
7/1998
8/1998
3/2001
10950/319653Serviced by Trevor Malony. Replating by Chris White; also added an alternative low D key, and a guard over the butt joint keys which lie by the right leg.
1095619651
All pieces
Boot Back
Boot Front
In Case
Thumb keys on wing
1095719651divided long joint, silver tubes, high-E, lock device, C-plate, B-trill12/2006 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
10965196514 tubes, D# trill, High D and E1976
1096619651
11000s
110001965
1100919691French whisper key, High E7/1998
2/2007
11012196511994
1102019692Stolen from Residente Orchestra of Amsterdam in Sep 1975 while they were on tour in New York City. The truck containing all of the woodwind instruments and some percussion was stolen. This bassoon was discovered in 12/2002 and has been recovered. It is the only instrument recovered out of all that were stolen. A Heckel contrabasson was also taken.
1102719691
11029196911987
110311969Plateau system1994
1104719691986
1105x/41969
On pegs after restoration
Metal bands
Right finger holes
Left finger holes
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 4/2007)
1106019691
110671967
110711967serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1107319661
110781969Cooper and Moenning service.1988
1108219691
1108619691
1108819691
11099196911991
111001969
1110119691
111061969
1110819691
1111019691
1111319691serviced by Laslie/NordbyJune 1988
1111919692Original finish, silver replate overhaul and finger tubes installed in 2008 by Keith Bowen. High D, High E, Little finger whisper key, A-Whisper key with roller connection, Right hand Fox Rotary Whisper key lock and articulated Ab/Bb trill key.serviced by Laslie/Nordby. Played in the Detroit Symphony for many years.June 1988
2009 (IDRS)
1112119691Serviced by Carl Sawicki 1981.1988
1112319681
1112619682
111301969
1113519691
1113719691
1113919691
1114119693High E, Ab/Bb trillMaintained by Benson Bell (including extra U-tube) and Marcus/Weiler. Played professionally in Montreal Symphony Orchestra.10/2002 (bassoon.org and idrs.org)
1114619691
11151196911995
1115219691
111561969Stolen
11158196911994
1115919691Gentlemen's model9/1997
1116119693Nickel plated, red finish, ivory bell, French whisper key, Ab/Bb trill key.Last heard from in Japan1972
1982
11163196913/2000
1116519691Moritz system4/1996
8/1997
111671969Sold (Baltimore Woodwind).
111681969serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1117019691Used in the Burton article Graphing the Bassoon Bore
111741970312/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
111761970This instrument was used by Heckel to develop a pitch chart that the company used for years to illustrate the eveness of a Heckel bassoon's pitch. This chart is dated Nov 15, 1968.1983
1120719691/2008 (Forrest Music)
1120919691Black with metal bell ring. Silver plated. Maintained by Tony Malone, Carl Sawicki and John Goebbel.11/2003 (IDRS)
11211197011995
11/2006 (fagot.nl)
112121970maintained by Laslie/Nordby
112141970
1121819701
1122919701
11231/519681Red mahogany, ivory bell ringUsed in the Houston Symphony for 35 years. Instrument serviced by Tony Milone, Hans Moennig, Holden McAlleer and major extensive work by Carl Sawicki.
1123319681serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1123419701
1123619701
112451970112/2000
1125119701
1125619701Has high-D, high-E, right-hand whisper key lock, Ab/Bb trill key.Regularly maintained by John Patterson and Jim Keyes since its purchase as a new instrument. Tuned and voiced by Keyes.6/2002 (bassoon.org)
1126219701Wide bore model
1126419701Model 41i6/2000
1126519701
1126619701
112741970
112751970serviced by Laslie/Nordby1986
1128219701
1128519701Serviced by Carl Sawicki
11301197014/1998
113101970
Bell
Long joint
Wing joint
Boot back
Boot front
Extra rollers on whisper key, LH C# ,high A/Bb touch pieces, low D and low C touch pieces.Maintained by Laslie. Water tubes by Laslie.6/2002 (Kirker Bassoon Repair)
1131219701serviced by Laslie/Nordby1986
11321/519701
113231970serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1132419701serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1132619701French bell. High D and E keys; rollers on several of the right hand keys. French whisper key; whisper key lock operated by the right thumb, Ab/Bb trill.9/2001
1132719706/2006 (Germany)
1132819701987
11330197011989
1133219701
In Case
Right finger holes
Right thumb keys
Left finger holes
left thumb keys
offset High E,D# trill, Eb trill and C# trill keys, special One-Touch Whisper Key Lock mechanism, Rollers on Low C/D, Wide F# Roller, 6 Rollers for Right Thumb, Special Extra Resonance Key on boot joint.Used in the Oklahoma City Symphony8/2009 (millermarketingco.com)
1133319701Stolen
1133419702
11345197019/1996
11352197011985
1135419701
1135619702High D/E, various rollers, no Ab-Bb trill.Used in in Metropolitan Opera and National Symphony Orchestras. Maintained by Marcus.10/2002 (bassoon.org)
2/2003 (IDRS)
11359/219701Maple. Red/mahogany. German bell with ivory ring. High D key. Rollers right hand F-Ab; left hand Db/Eb. Left thumb whisper key lock.Completely stripped and overhauled in 1997 by Walter Rieger (Russelsheim, Germany).
1136319701
1136819701Black with silver keys
1137019701984
1137219706/2007 (Germany-Der Holzblaser)
113741970Stolen 1973
113761970serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1137819711
113791971
In Case
All joints flipped over
8/2009 (vioworld.de)
1138119711
11385197111986
1150119711
11503/23/2001 (Germany)
115051971Described as having "many extras"
115091971
Front
Back
restored by Laslie/Nordby in 2000
1151219711serviced by Laslie/Nordby1989
1152019711
115231971110/1998
11529/419701Model 41i
1153317/2006 (Germany)
11534/119711High D and E keys. Sterling silver finger hole tubes tuned by Hans Moennig. Thumb Ab/Bb Trill Key. Left Little Finger Whisper Key. Right Hand Eb Trill Key with Offset C# Trill Key. Low C#/D# Trill Key. Articulated High G#/A Key. Right Hand Slide Whisper Key Lock. High A to Whisper Key Connection with Roller. Rollers on Right Thumb Bb and F#, Low D and C, Whisper Key and C# Key. Right Little Finger F# (wide), Left hand Eb and Db, Right hand F and Ab.Used by the Principal Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony. Overhauled and had all the keys silver plated with new pads by Keith Bowen. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.10/2005 (IDRS)
1153619712Sterling silver keys. High D/E, Eb trill. Ab/Bb trill linkage without special tone hole.1977
1986
4/2009 (midwest musical imports)
1154019711
1154519711
115471971111/1998
1154919713
InCase
serviced by Laslie/Nordby2004
2005
115511971right thumb whisper key, Ab/Bb trill, offset high E and Eb keys, right hand D/Eb trill, and many rollers.serviced by Laslie/Nordby1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
1155319701
1155819711Serviced by Carl Sawicki 7/88
115601971Ab/Bb trill Db/Eb trill Alt. C-C# trill Alt. F# alt Ab1987
11561197211992
1156519711
11567197111994
1156919711
1157219711
1157419711
1157619711994
11578197116/2007
1158019711serviced by Laslie/Nordby
11587/319711
In Case
Used in the Teatro dell'Opera, Rome2/2006 (bassoon.org)
12/2008 (musicalchairs.info)
3/2006 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
1158919711serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1159319714/2009 (vioworld.de)
11601Dec 19701
In Case
Bell
Full-length back
Back of wing
Back of long joint
Right thumb area
Low G key closeup
Pallisander wood, solid silver keysUsed in the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Philharmonia, Boston Civic Symphony and the New England Conservatory Orchestra.9/2008 (eBay)
116051971serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1160919711
1161119712Silver keys. High D/E. Eb trill, Ab-Bb trill.Replated in gold by Keith Bowen
116121971High D and E1985
1161419711
1161819731
1162019721
11622197211976
1162419721Recent keywork plating, maintained by Marcus/Wheeler in Toronto and Millard/Backun in Vancouver.Used in orchestra, major motion picture sountracks, opera, new music and numerous CD recordings.1976
10/2004 (brainplanet.com)
1162519721Serviced by Carl Sawicki in 1987
1163119721
1163619722
In Case
In Case
In Case
Boot-front
Boot-back
Serial number
Serial number
Unplayed for 36 years
1163819722
1164019722Black with metal bell ring.Sold in 1986
11644/519722Nickel plated. Red finish, ivory bell, left-hand D/Eb trill. Curious for the gentle curve in the bore of the wing joint-- you can only see part of the other end of the tube when you look through it.Chris Millard put on a French Whisper key. Voiced by Marcus and Weiler.1994
1165319721
11655197211976
117001972112 rollersServiced by Moennig. Maintained by Laslie/Nordby1974
1170419721Gold Plated
1170619721
1170819721Metal tone-hole liners under all pads
117101972(eBay)
1171119721
11715197211984
11716197210/2005 (musicalchaires.info)
1171919721Divided long joint.Refurbished by Marcus
117201972serviced by Laslie/Nordby
11725197211990
1172619721
1172819721
1173019721Black finish with metal bell ring. Offset high E and right hand thumb whisper lock. Floor peg on boot.Recent major service by Carl Sawicki.1998
12/2002 (bassoon.org)
6/2004 (eBay)
11737197218/1999
12/1999
117391972F#-G# and C#-D# trill1995
11741/61972
Front of boot
Back of long joint
Label on Bell
Full-length back
Serial number
Back of boot
Bell
Wing joint
In case
1/2012
11746197219/1997
117481972Solid Silver Key Work Foster Bocal Lock Extra Keys plus floor spikeOwner retired--Played Professionally for 28 years in a Major Australian Orchestra
1175019721High D and E, Ab-Bb trill, French whisper key1976
117521972High D and E. Ab-Bb trill, rollers, tubes1975
1175519721Serviced by Carl Sawicki 1988
11757/2197221989
3/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
11761197219/2005 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
1176519721serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1180019721
1180819732serviced by Laslie/Nordby1988
1181019721High D and E, inserts1976
1181219721
1181519731Restored by Carl Sawicki 10/93. Silver keys and rebuilt Right thumb.
1183219721
118341972118 rollers. High D and E. Eb trill, Ab-Bb trill1976
1183519721
1183719721
118391972serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1184119721High E key, six tone-hole inserts, Ab/Bb and Eb trill keys, the usual rollers.Overhauled and silver-plated in 2006 by Marcus Wieler. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.6/2007 (IDRS.com)
6/2007 (Bassoon.org)
1184319721
11852197211995
11854197211 rollers, High E, tubes1975
1/2011 (forrests)
1185919721High d and eserviced by Laslie/Nordby1981
11863197210/2004 (Australia)
1186519721
1186719721Gentlemen's model.Ordered for the Flemish Opera (Belgium), but never played, as the new owner retired 5 years after. It stayed in the case for 25 years after that.2003 (private)
1187x/31972
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 8/2008)
11872197215-piece
1187619721High D, F/Ab rollers
1188519731
1189619731990
118981973
1189919731
119001973serviced by Laslie/Nordby
119101973
11911197311986
119121973Ab-Bb trill, extra rollers1985
11914197411989
1191619741
119181974
1192219751serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1192419741Ab-Bb trill, D/E, 5-piece1990
1192719741
1192919741994
1/2004 (Charles Music)
11934197411986
11935/61974
In Case
Back
Front
Front of boot
Right thumb area
Side of wing joint
Low Eb key
Low C key
Low Eb and Db keys
Model 41i, High D and E, low C#/D# rollers, G# ring. Silver plated metal. Both bores boot joint rubber lined. Ab/Bb trill right hand without extra tone hole (with swich on Bb mechanism, trill with Finger 3, with Ab fingering + Bb key right thumb) Whisper key lock-No 3 type for left thumb (rotating). Brass rings and sockets on all joints. Extra braces for long rods (C#, whisper key, low B).Originally shipped from Heckel to Sidney, Australia. Spent some time in Chiba, a town near Tokyo. A silver plated balance hanger (not a Heckel model) was added by Maarten Vonk in 2005.1988
4/2005
119361974Stolen-1976
119471974serviced by Laslie/Nordby
11954197415/2001
119461974
1194919741986
119531974Stolen
1196819741
1196919742Silver plated keywork, Ab/Bb trill, D/Eb left and right hand trill, right thumb whisper key, left thumb whisper key lock, A-bridge (R.H. 4th finger high-A), high-E bridge. Rollers between all right thumb keys, F/Ab keys, Whisper key/Db, low D/C, Eb/Db. Neck Strap attachment under left thumb attached to posts, not body. Balance hanger. Fully lined boot (both sides)1988
8/2004
8/2005 (bassoon.org)
12/2005
119711974Worked on by Marcus.1987
11973197411984
11975/519742Nickel-plated keys, Ab-Bb trill, Bb and F# rollers, metal bell ring, Whisper/C# rollers, French whisper key, Db/Eb trill on wing joint, Low C/D rollers.
1198019751
1198619751Serviced by Carl Sawicki in 1981
1198819751Gentlemen's modelServiced by Carl Sawicki in 1976
1199517/2006
1199619751
119971975Serviced by Carl Sawicki in 1981
1199919751serviced by Laslie/Nordby
12000s
120001975
1200119755/2007 (vioworld-klassik.de)
1200219751serviced by Laslie/Nordby
120081976
1201119761
1201719761
120211976
1202319761serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1202419761
1202619762Stolen in NYC-1978. Recovered in 1980 or 1981. High E key added by John Campbell (Los Angeles) in the late 1990's.11/2000
6/2006
1202719761
12028197611994
1203419761Serviced by Carl Sawicki 6/83
12039/3Nov 19751Maple, red finish with a sterling bell ring. Keywork has double silver plate. Sterling silver tone hole inserts. Fully lined boot. Rollers on boot--F/Ab/F# (broad F# key), Bb/E, E/F#, F#/Ab. Left Hand thumb rollers on whisper key, C#, high a and low D/C/B. High e between I/II. E/F# trill on wing joint between II/III. C#/ trill. C#/D# trill on the long joint (their model B). Ab/Bb trill. Eb trill right forefinger with a displaced C#. Right hand ratcheting whisper key lock (their model VIIa at the time). Regulating screws on whisper key, low B, D, F#, G, E/F# trill. G# ring mechanism. Second C plate for left thumb. Strengthing rings on joints. Balance hanger.
1204119761
1204319761
1204619761Short long joint with extra piece between it and bell (Gentleman's model). Low Bb and B keys above low C key instead of normal position. Low C# playable either with normal key or with low Eb key (two holes). Cuciureanu system low C and D for right thumb (added later). Low E key closes low F key with linkage. Linkage for Ab-Bb trill without extra key. Thumb Ab key raised up for easier access (added later). Automatic whisper key lock on key itself. Larger than normal C# key. Extra hole and ring for first finger of right hand to play high Ab and A with F key (also for several trills). High A and C keys close whisper key. High A key linked to C# key. High F key. High E key between I and II. High Eb/E-F# triller between II and III. D-Eb triller for first finger of right hand. C-Db triller between right hand I and II. Rollers: low C and D, Low C# and Eb, thumb Bb and F# (but not low E), F and Ab, little finger F#, C# (but not whisper key). Finger hole tubes extending into the bore. Solid silver keys (very heavy) except for added Cuciureanu keys and raised thumb Ab. Mechanism for end pin on boot cup.serviced by Laslie/Nordby3/2002 (IDRS website)
1205619761
120621976serviced by Laslie/Nordby
120641976Moennig whisper key lock, High E key, water tubes.2/2002
5/2002
8/2002 (bassoon.org)
120681975serviced by Laslie/Nordby
12070/21975112/2008 (musicalchairs.info)
1207719751
120811976Used in San Francisco Symphony for 15 years2/2004 (International Musician)
1208419761Medium red finish with Ab/Bb trill and High Eserviced by Laslie/Nordby
1208719761Stolen
1208819761
1209919761
121001976
121081976
In Case
Bell
Boot Front
Boot Back
WingLong Front
WingLong Back
11/2008 (CharlesMusic.com)
1211019761
12120197611/2006 (Germany-Der Holzblaser)
1211219761
1211519761
1212319761
1212519761
In case
Wing/Long Front
Wing/Long Back
Boot Front
Boot Back
Bell
French whisper key; extender on the low D; rollers on whisper/C# keys; C# key next to the low C key; High F key, and a high E key on the high D# key; G# ring; Ab/Bb trill key; rollers on low C and D keys; low E key is wider.Serviced by Keith Bowen around 2000. Serviced by Carl Sawicki in 1987. Instrument was originally black.
1213819769/2005
1214019761
1214119761
1214519761
1216319761
121651976serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1217619761Red mahogany, sterling silver keywork, divided long joint, dual ratcheting whisper key locks
1218519781serviced by Laslie/Nordby
121881978serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1219x/11978
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 9/2006)
1219119785/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
8/2009 (netinstruments.com)
1220019781
1220419782High E and whisper lock.1988 (IDRS)
7/2006 (craigslist.org-Miami)
9/2006 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
1220619781Serviced by Carl Sawicki 2/84
1221119772Ordered via West Music in Coralville, IA.1984
1223619781High E, Ab/Bb trill10/2001
12247197811991
1226x/11978
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 2/2008)
12262/6May 19782
Form for ordering options
Letter two weeks before delivery
Customs invoice
Delivery letter
Shipping invoice
In case
Front of Wing
Back of Wing
Front of Boot
Back of Boot
Back of Long joint
Front of Long joint
Bell
Low A Bell
Serial number
Close-up of Boot joint
Red mahogany finish, silver plated. High D and E key. Ab/Bb trill, D/Eb trill for right hand index finger, C# trill displaced downward. Second bell for Low A, keyed for left thumb. Both bells German shape with metal ring. Racheting whisper key lock for right thumb.Full restoration by Heckel. Sealing by Carl Sawicki. The Low A bell has become separated from the bassoon.6/2007 (bassoon.org)
1227619781All standard keys (including high E) plus French whisper key, articulated pinkie key (same key for low E flat/C sharp), right hand E flat trill. Right hand rollers as well as low D/C roller. Deep red color, French bell.Maintained by Frank Marcus and John Gable, voiced by Benson Bell. Played professionally for 15 years.11/2002 (bassoon.org)
1228019781
1228219781Medium red finish with Ab/Bb trill and High E
1228519791
1228719783Divided long joint-small section separate1984 (private)
1979 (private)
12291197915/1998
122941979Wichita Band
1230619791
1230919791serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1231319791
1231519791Stolen
1235019771
12354197912/1999
1235619791
1236x/51979
On Pegs after restoration
Bare wood
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 3/2007)
1236519791
1237x/41979
On pegs after restoration
Left finger holes
Righ thumb area
Top of boot before restoration
High FSeen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 4/2007)
1237219791Marcus tone hole inserts
1237419791
123761979serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1238019791serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1238219791
1238319791
1238519791High E, Ab-Bb trill, Eb trill. Deep red finish (requested by owner). Long joint 4mm longer on bell end. Separate front and back Ab holes/key on boot joint. Silver plated keys, sterling silver tubes, French whisper key.Serviced by Carl Sawicki in 1989
1238919791
1239419791
12396198011982
124001980Described as having "many options"1985
12414198012/1998
1241619801
1241919801
12420198016/2009 (musicalchairs)
12438Dec 19791
Front
Back
In case
Price Offer
Changes in Order
Ready for shipment
Frieght slip
Shipment letter
Final receipt letter
Curly maple
12449198016/2004 (IDRS)
12451/119802Palisander 'gentleman's' model6/2004 (musicalchairs.info)
124641980serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1246719801
1246819801
1247019801982
1247819801/2003 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
12481/619802Dark brown finish, silver plated, French whisper key, ivory bell, right-hand D-Eb trill with displaced C# key. Originally came with Ab-Bb trill key without tone hole, but the mechanism was so complex it proved impossible to regulate and was removed.Used in Vancouver and Winnipeg, Vancouver Opera Orchestra.1994
1998
124861980High D and E keys, right thumb whisper lock, Ab-Bb trill key, right hand Eb trill key, left thumb low C# key, lined tone ho Rollers on the following keys: all right hand thumb keys; F, F# and Ab pinky keys; whisper key, back left hand C#, and A flick keys; low C and D1/2004 (Bassoon.org)
12490/5Oct 19801
1249319791
1249719801981
125001980serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1250319801
1251819801Red mahogany, ivory bell ring, French whisper key2003
1252119801French whisper key added.
125231981Maple color with German bellstolen from Washburn Univeristy, Topeka Kansas
12529/219814/2009 (vioworld.de)
1252519811"Many extra keys"1/2001 (Landy)
1255419811
1255619811
125621981
125621981(France)
125781981
1258219811High-e, Ab-Bb trill, French whisper, unique combination whisper key and lock, right thumb whisper key, g# ring key.1/2002 (IRDS)
125841982serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1261119821
1262019821
1262219821
12625/21982Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 10/2008)
126291982
In Case
Bell
Long joint
Wing-front
Wing-back
Boot-front
Boot-back
Walnut color, silver plated. Hi E and hi Eb keys, rollers for right thumb on boot.Serviced by L. Hugh Cooper and Frank Marcus/Shane Wieler.4/2002 (bassoon.org and IDRS)
8/2005 (bassoon.org)
126311982serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1263619822Palisander (rosewood). Left hand: D/Eb trill, Hi E and F, Low C# thumb key (for C#/D# trill), extra low C touch to the right of Low D, whisper lock, Rollers: whisper/C#, A, D/C, C/B, B/Bb. Right hand: Ab/Bb trill key, low E/F# articulated trill, B/C# articulated trill, hi G/Ab 1st finger trill (extra hole, like F#/G), all right thumb rollers and F# pinky.1985
1/2003 (brainplanet.com)
4/2003 (IDRS)
8/2005 (bassoon.org)
9/2006 (netinstruments.com)
1264419821
12645/119821Palisander gentleman's model2/2004 (musicalchairs.com)
1265619821Ivory bell ring. Whisper key locks for both thumbs, extra wide right pinky F# key and a thumb F#-Ab/Bb trill-Ab key combination that is all in a row and flat (trill key not elevated) with no rollers between. Each key is square. Mechanism just above the first tone hole on the boot which enables trill from B to C# (bass clef 2nd line B) by covering the B hole with RH middle finger, adding the C# key just above the hole with my RH index finger and then trilling the RH middle finger. Nickelplated.
1266019821
126691982
1267519802
126821982serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1268819821
1269019821
1269719821
1270019821992
1270419821
1271319815/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
1272019818/2006 (Wichita Band)
1272319818/2005 (Forrests Music)
127264 19811Nickel plating. High f, high e, and f# trill all moved down one finger (e-f# between II/III), Eb trill right hand with displaced C#, a G# ring mechanism, A-whisper bridge, Ab/Bb trill with clutch (no extra hole), french whisper key. Large side of the butt joint is lined with rubber, sterling silver tubes, brass tennon rings and reciever for the long joint, extra lever for whisper key above Bb thumb lever, low C#-D# trill with extra C3 tone hole and key next to Eb key, E-F connection for right thumb, long joint is 4mm longer on the top (between the low E and D), right thumb whisper lock, and all rollers except for the one on the A key.serviced by Laslie/Nordby1997
12728198511998
12736Mar 19832
In Case
Front of wing/long joints
Back of wing/long joints
Boot front
Boot back
Bell
Herzberg key mods including shaped whisper key, wing key custom shaping, wider right thumb Bb key, wider pinky F. Herzberg standard long joint (4mm longer on the bell side). Right thumb whisper key lock, French whisper key, Right thumb whisper key, High a/whisper key interlock by Marcus, Ab/Bb trill key with large guard, High A/Ab vent mechanism.serviced by Laslie/Nordby8/1998
2/2009 (charlesmusic.com)
1273919851
1274119851Red mahogany
127431985serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1274519851Paired with the bell and long joint of heckel 10395Stolen from Marshall St., Walnut Creek CA near Indian Valley Elementary School on 10/13/2007.
127461985
12748/119852Palisander wood Gentlemans (no top metal band) modelSpring-loaded water vent on U-bend added by Martin Foster, Sydney1987
2008
127521985serviced by Laslie/Nordby
127591985
127541985serviced by Laslie/Nordby
127821985Stolen in 1988
1278519851
127861985
12799/5Dec 19831Has Herzberg modifications (the design of keys and rollers), right-hand thumb whisper key lock, French whisper key in addition to regular whisper key, High D/E keys, 5 tone-hole inserts (wing and boot), 3rd tone-hole (wing joint) is gold plated, low C extension, rollers on low C/D, low Db/Eb, both sides of low E key, low F/Ab, low F/F#, and A key (on wing) silver ring on bell, ring key for right-hand index finger, A/whisper key bridge attachment, balance hangar.Voicing and adjustment by Jim Laslie and Jim Keyes
12801Mar 19841Divided long joint--Small piece is glued to the bell. Bassoon is the color of a violin or cello -- not red or dark brown or black -- a LIGHT brown color was specifically ordered.serviced by Laslie/Nordby
12804/219851Stolen in Santa Barbara, California on October 10, 2003 between 11:00pm and 8:00am. Recovered on Nov 1, 2003.
1280619852Red mahogany finish, metal bell ring. High E offset below left I/II, back Ab removed, rollers on all right thumb keys, Ab/Bb trill positioned between Back F# and back Ab key.
1281319861
128151serviced by Laslie/Nordby
128211986serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1282319861
128242Gentlemens model, High D and E; extra rollers11/2002
1282619861in1986
1283419861
1283719861
In Case
Used in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Complete overhaul at Heckel in 2010.2011 (IDRS)
1284319861
1285019861
128561986Ab/Bb trill11/1998
7/1999
7/2003 (bassoon.org)
10/2003 (International Musician)
128591986Used to develop an IDRS article on bassoon multiphonic fingerings
1286319861
1288219841Imported via the Wichita Band Instrument. Used in the New Orleans Symphony and Lyric Opera of Chicago.in1994
1288519861
1288619861High E, Ab/Bb trill, Eb trill, 4 rollers right thumb, 2 rollers between Low C/D, ivory bell ring, silver plated keywork.5/2005 (IDRS)
1288819861Red mahogany
1289019862in1995
1289119861BlackMade for Sol Schoenbach. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.
1289719861
1290119861
12902/2198612/2008 (musicalchairs.info)
1290619861Very dark brown color without visible rings. German bell with metal ring. Basic instrument without options.Sold in 1990.
129111986Serviced by Carl Sawicki in 1984
1291319851
1292519861
1292919861
1293019861Serviced by Carl Sawicki in 9/86
1293119861
1293519861
12942/419861
Bell-1
Bell-2
Bell-3
Boot Front
Boot Front (close up)
Boot Back
Boot Back (close up)
Full length back
Serial number
U-tube
Front of Wing/Long joints
Left finger holes
Back of Wing/Long joints
Left thumb keys
Bare Low B during restoration
Bottom of boot
Restored by Kenmochi Bassoons Works (Japan, 12/2005)
1294419861serviced by Laslie/Nordby7/2002
129601986111/2001 (www.musicalchairs.eu.com-Italy)
1296619861
1299319861
13000s
130001986
1300119862/1999
1300919861
13011Dec 19861
13012198611/1998 (IDRS)
2/2002
1301419851
1301819861
130231986serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1302719861Ab/Bb trill, High D & E
1302919861Used in the Belgian Symphonic Radio Orchestra.
1304219862Used in professional orchestra use until late 2001, then stored after restoration/service by Keith Bowen. Rollers on low C-D and all right thumb keys, plus the usual. High D, E. Ab/Bb trill, right hand whisper lock. Dark brown color with stripes. Nickel plated. Metal bell ring.Serviced by Marcus, voiced by Hugh Cooper. Serviced by Laslie/Nordby.August 2001
1/2003 (netinstruments.com)
1305219861
1305319861serviced by Laslie/Nordby
13062198611995
130641986serviced by Laslie/Nordby
130731986111/2002
1307719861
1308219861serviced by Laslie/Nordby
130841986110/2001
131011986
1311219861serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1311619862Played professionally by a student of Canuti and Azzolini. General overhaul by Tan Jiping in Hamburg in 2006.2/2007 (info-serve.de)
6/2007 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
1311819871
1312519861Gentlemen's model
131361986
1313819861A/whisper bridge, Reg E/Eb
1314919871serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1315819861serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1317119861
13177/619861
Serial number
serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1318019861
1319619861
1320019861
1320919861
1322x/41986
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 11/2007)
1325119861
1326x/11986
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 10/2006)
1326519861
13266198814/2002
1330219861
1331x/61986
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 6/2008)
1335819864/1998 (Das Orchestra)
1336519861
1338019861
1338719863/2004 (www.bassons.com/fr)
4/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
134021986Black, nickel-plated keys, High D key
1340519861
1341319861
1342219861
1344419869/1999 (Das Orchestra)
1344619902serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1344819861
1346219861
1347319861
1347719867/2003 (VioWorld.de)
11/2006 (vioworld.de)
2/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
8/2009 (vioworld.de)
13497198624/1998 (Germany)
13500198611/1997 (Germany)
135011986
1352x/41986
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 1/2008)
1353x1986
Left Thumb area
Restored by Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 4/2006)
135761986111/2000
1358419861
136221986
1362819861Maintained by Carl Sawicki5/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
1364619931
136601986overhauled by Walther Rieger3/2004
136641993(Germany)
1369219921Stolen-Frankfurt Germany
1371619861Used by Rigotti to test their reeds6/2007 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
1373519931Used by the principal bassoonist of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra2/2009 (musicalchairs.info)
13746199316/1998 (London)
1376819932Red mahogany, French bell, tone hole ring key for index finger right hand.
137861994
1382819964/2009 (vioworld.de)
1389319951
1393119961
139471996serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1397519961High Eb, E and F keys, standard rollers, balance hanger.Played professionally at the Florida West Coast Symphony in Sarasota, FL.2/2004 (Bassoon.org)
14000s
140001996
14010Aug 19961Dark red maple with Ab/Bb trill and high F, Eb trill on the wing, hi A bridge to the whisper key, hand rest, balance hanger, the usual rollersUsed in the U.S. National Symphony4/2005
14018/519961Stolen in Lyon France
1403619967/2003 (VioWorld.de)
14040/41996
U-tube
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 8/2006)
14053Jun 19971
14089/519972
Serial number
In Case
In Case (joints flipped)
Left thumb area
Gentleman's model with one piece bell, standard keywork plus Ab-Bb trill and low C#-D# trillUsed in the Montreal Symphony. Maintained by Huebner, Marcus, and Bellsold 1/2005 (bassoon.org)
14131199811/2005 (musicalchairs.info)
1415x/21998
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 10/2008)
1421119982Pallisander wood. Metal bell ring. Water tubes (F, E, D, C, A, G#) are silver. Long-joint divided, one piece. High D and E standard set. Ab/Bb trill-key for right thumb. High g, g# and a mechanism in connection with f-key Extra right thumb whisper-key. Left little finger piano-key (French whisper-key) D/Eb key off set on Butt for 2nd right finger Low register lock on wing-joint for left thumb Piano connection with A-octave key Rollers: all standard plus low C and D, B-flat and F# (right thumb), inside A-octave key, F# key (right little finger). Body lock.Served by Marcus/Willer Bassoon Shop11/2003 (bassoon.org)
5/2005 (IDRS)
1425x/11998
Cracking of U-tube gasket
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 8/2006)
14302/21998Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 7/2007)
1430419981
14440/419981
14519/52000Confirmed by the factory as the first bassoon shipped in 2000
1452120001
145932000Shown by Heckel at Morgantown IDRS Convention
1460720012Red with silver keywork1/2002 (bassoon.org)
12/2002 (MusicalChairs.eu.com)
8/2005 (bassoon.org)
14622200112002
1470x/32002
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 6/2008)
14704/32002
Low C key
U-tube
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 7/2006)
1472820021
147412002111/2006 (musicalchairs.eu.com)
14743Mar 20021
1476520021Red, silver plating with German bell. Hi D and E. RH whisper lock. D#/E trill.serviced by Laslie/Nordby7/2008 (IDRS)
1478x2003
On pegs
High F, divided long joint, offset C#, right-hand Eb trill, no front BbSeen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 7/2006)
148xx20039/2011
1481x2003
On pegs
Seen at Kenmochi Bassoon works (Japan, 7/2006)
1492920031High F11/2004 (bassoon.org)
1495920035/2004
14962/420031High F, E keys. Brass rings for tenon protection on both ends of the long joint. Balance-hanger (removable). Cork on all tenons. Maple wood in red with stripes. Gentleman's model.11/2005 (musicalchairs.info, bassoon.org)
14969/22004Confirmed as first Heckel bassoon shipped in 2004 by the factory.
1497820041
14999/520047/2008 (www.musicalinstrumentsales.co.uk)
7/2009 (puchner.com)
1506320052
1509x/32005
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 5/2008)
151052005serviced by Laslie/Nordby
1511x2005
On pegs
divided long jointSeen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 7/2006)
1516x/32005
Right thumb area
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 3/2007)
1517920057/2006 (Midwest)
1520820061
In case
Divided long joint
1522x/12008
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 9/2007)
1532x/32008
On pegs
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 4/2008)
1536x/12008
On pegs
New style case label
Low D key
Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 9/2008)
153774 20081
154213 20093/2009 (midwest musical imports)
15671/13 2009Stolen from a UPS shipping unit in the loading zone of a German airport.

Summary statistics for Heckel Bassoons in our database

Instruments by Series
SeriesNumber of Instruments
0s9
1000s26
2000s1
3000s84
4000s180
5000s232
6000s291
7000s243
8000s159
9000s264
10000s226
11000s225
12000s186
13000s73
14000s28
15000s7
Total2234
Instruments by Decade
DecadeNumber of Instruments
1870s5
1880s34
1890s60
1900s140
1910s129
1920s425
1930s350
1940s140
1950s267
1960s188
1970s258
1980s170
1990s27
2000s33
Total2234

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