Heckel CREST Bassoon Information
Heckel CREST bassoons are a new model of bassoons being sold by the Heckel firm.
The following are some known (and suspected) facts about CREST bassoons:
- Began production in 1988. May have originally been called OPUS,
- CREST bassoons are not constructed by a single
craftsman as Heckel bassoons are; several workers might be utilized to construct
a single instrument,
- There are no variations or options offered--the wood color is
red, keywork is standardized and the bells are all German style (white top ring).
The company says this is done in order to reduce the cost of production,
since there will be no such thing as a custom-order CREST,
- Instruments are identified with a string in the form HC nnmmyy,
where nn is a serial number, mm is the month of production and
yy is the year of production. I assume that HC stands for
Heckel CREST. The serial number is assigned when the work of assembling the
instrument is begun.
- Despite rumors to the contrary, CREST bassoons are assembled in the Heckel factory.
One piece of construction is performed out-of-house; I am told by a very reliable
source that the key work is actually assembled in the home of one of the Heckel
CREST Serial Numbers
|Serial Number||Date||Known Owners||Pictures||Description||History||Known Sales|
Left thumb area
Small cracks in face of High Eb and High E tone wholes
|This is a pre-CREST, an OPUS bassoon||Seen in the Kenmochi Bassoon Works (Japan, 9/2006)|
Overall in case
CREST label on bell
CREST label and top of boot
Serial number under boot cap
|89||May 2002||1||Serviced by Carl Sawicki|
|84||Jan 2004||Confirmed as first CREST shipped in 2004 by the factory|
Summary statistics for Heckel CRESTs in our database
Instruments by Series
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Instruments by Decade
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