Heckel Bassoon Information

Last update: 05/13/2016

Documents

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

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 Heckel bassoon, the 41i. Click here to see the standard catalog options offered for a new 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 will be shown 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; according to factory sources, this number was only used to keep the separate pieces of the instrument together during the construction process.

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:

4000s 5000s 6000s 7000s 8000s 9000s 10000s 11000s 12000s 13000s 14000s 15000s 16000s

Serial Number# of photosDescription
299911This appears to be a pre-3000 series Heckel bassoon. I have assigned the ficticous serial number 2999 only for identification. Made of palisander wood.
Serial Number# of photosDescription
30000
30010
30379
30394
30470Low A for left little finger, Tristan-Stuerze
30482
30502
30510There are indications that at one time this was a low A model.
30700
307x1
322116
32290
32580A440, crook lock, front RH rollers, lined left hand tone holes
32610
32730
32750
33177
33320
33330
33340
33460
33474
33652
33710
33740
33750
33860
340112
34080
34104
34220
34350
34487
34550
34701
34781
34826Palisander wood.
34860
34940
34950
35040
35130
35210
352212
35280
35370
35550
35560
35830
358612
36020
36160
36170
36206
366612
36673
36770
36780
36803
37056
37090
37140
37170
37260
37380
37390
37504
375112
37521
37740
37760
37810
37975
37990
380018
38260
38443
38465
38570
385811
38850
38923
39180
39190
39260
39391
39600
39790
39800
Serial Number# of photosDescription
40000
40380
40390
40460
40540
40707
40749
40793
40880
40970
40990
41000
41010Has a second bell for Low A
411418
41189No whisper key.
41200
41270
41280
41340
41370
41470
41480
41660
41830
418710
41880
41890
41900
41910
42108
42280As described in 11/2007: Most rollers; has whisper key, no lock; no high d or e; left ring finger plateau key: "short reach"
42290whisper key, no lock; no high d, e; left ring finger, short reach
42306
42354Whisper key lock for left thumb, C plate in minimized design, high D key, high E key.
42571
42650
42660
42690
42730
42870
42890
42920
42961
43030High d and e keys with tone hole inserts and standard rollers added with some original key work
43230
43254Whisper key lock for left thumb, C plate, high d and e key.
43280
43410
434210
43432
43590
43615No whisper key
43650
436711
43690High D key, whisper lock.
43740
43760
43780
43970
43990
44000
44020
44030
44170
44330
44420
44520
44540
445610
44582
44680
44690
44780Not a "flat back" long joint.
44810
44820
44860
45120
45130
45158
45180
45210
45250High d and e, rollers on Low D/C, F/Ab/F#
45280
45310
45460
45570
45583High D, tubes, rollers on C#/D# and F/Ab. b guard on boot, ivory ring.
45590Dark 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.
45610
45620
45630
45640
45650
45754
45774
45820
45830
45850
459118Stamped U of R 89
46020
460310
46130
46140
46280
46340
46350
46431
46470
46486
46670
46680
46700
46718
46810
46860
46870
46960
47050The 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.
47060
47100
47160
47185
47190
47210
47270
47300
47330
47408
47470
47541Has a key system for dampening the sound of the low notes
47679No 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.
47690
47700
477210Small bore
47770
47818
47870
47880
47902Refurbished in March 2009, silver mechanics, 11 rollers, high D and E keys, D/Eb trill for left-hand, balance hanger
47924Right and left hand rollers, low C extension. Wing joint and tone holes lined.
48020
48060
48070
48119
48130
48140
48170
48180
482212
48250
48270
48290
48310
48340
48393
48400
48510No rubber lining
48530Unlined boot, factory whisper key
48564
48600
48612
48630
48700
48710
48780
48810
48870
48940
48984
49020
49070
49120
49130
49180
49240
49293High 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.
49340High D and E. Ebony finish.
49379Metal 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.
49410
49490Has two long joints and bells
49529French bell
49560
49570
49680
49710
49740
49783
49790
49880Used 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.
49920
499410Key mechanisms appear like a french system, but tome holes are in the typical locations
Serial Number# of photosDescription
50000High 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.
50010
50090
50103Full 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.
50110
501710
50237
50290
50300
50340
50350
50397
50610
50629German system with plateau long joint. The inscription 2 PAT DER STADT LEIPZIG 2 is stamped on the wing and butt.
50640
50650
50669Has the letter K stamped near the serial number.
50720
50750
50790
50940
50950
51010
51060
51070small bore
51120
51170
51180
51210
51230
51250
51260
51280
51339
51360
51390
51460
51470
51480
51490
51500
51510
51580
51597
51610
51650
51750
51770
51780
51850
51870
51900
51920
51930
51960No high D or whisper key lock.
51990
52020
52030
52040
52080
52144French bell
52150
522411
52288
52320
52350
52420
52430
52490
52510
52550
52630High E key. Little finger whisper key.
526412
52660
52680
52800
52830
52866Double-keyed bell joint.
52870French system
52886
529x1
52920
52940
52970
53070
53080
53091
53100
53130
53160
53190
53200
53240
53250
53261High E and Eb trill
53410
53540
54570
55230
55290
55320
55440Refinished 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, 3rd finger "C" key. All 5 finger holes are lined with hard rubber.
555x4
55520
55540
55570
55600
55650
55661
55670Added high D key. Short bore bassoon.
55680
55690
55710High D, off-set High E, Ab/Bb Trill
55762
55798
55810Red Mahogany
55840
55853French bell
55880
55902
55910
55920
55980
56000
56010
56060Whisper key lock in addition to left pinky whisper key. High D and E key, 4 rollers
56090Rollers for both hands, high D key, French whisper key; right hand whisper key lock.
56110
56140
562x1
56210Long bore
56250
56280High D and E keys, standard keywork.
56300Described as a "hybrid" French/German instrument
56400
56410
56420Updated by Walter Rieger, high e-key, silver tubes, adjustable handrest
56458
56504
56530
56551
56580no rollers, no High D or E
56590
56610French long joint/German system
56625World system, with low Bb converted to work as German system
56635Long bore, French bell
56690
56740
56780
56820
56840
56850French long joint and bell.
568610
56870French system
56880French system left hand keywork including little finger whisper key; right hand German/Heckel system. French bell.
56890
56910
56940
56980
57008
57014Has 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.
57030
57042
57050
57100
57113Silver plating
57120
57140French system
57150
57160
57170
57190
57210
57220High D and E, standard rollers. Short bore tuned to A=440.
57260
57280
57290
57300completely restored in 2003 (Chris Millard)
57320
57330
57390
57410Restored 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.
57450
57480
57490
57517
57522
57540
57560
57580
57590
57650
57660
57710
57970
57980
57990
58000
58066
58075Has the letter R stamped next to the serial number. This appears to be a form of a World system bassoon.
58100
58110
58120
58130
58150
58160
58170
58180High D and E, tuning ring on bass joint, some rollers, tubes in boot joint.
58200Mocha color. Boot and Long joint stamped <i>V</i>; bell and wing stamped <i>I</i>.
58214No High D or E, "long bore"
58220Whisper 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.
58230
58240
58250
58270
58280
58300
58316Stamped for Carl Fisher, NY.
58320
58330
58350
58360World System keywork
58412
58740
58890
58920
58958
58960
58980High 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.
58990
59010
59020
59070Refinished and replated at Hans Moennigs shop in Philadelphia. 2 sterling water tubes.
59097
59100
59110Pezzi long joint
59120Palisander wood
59130High D, Ab/Bb trill
59140
59150
59160Original French system long joint and bell changed over to German key system by Keith Bowen
59210
59220
59260World system
59300
59340World system
59851
Serial Number# of photosDescription
60000
60010High D, E, silver, some tubes. Ivory bell ring. Standard rollers.
60020
60040
60057
60080
60110
60120
60130
60142
60150
60170
60240
60280
60310
60320Standard key work and rollers with high Eb key and right thumb whisper key lock.
60330Keys 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.
60950
60960
60990
61xx2
61011
61030
61066Ab/Bb trill, custom Low B/Bb keys
61070This instrument is stamped M
61090
61110No "D" or "E" keys or rollers.
61120
61140
61160
61170
61180
61197Black, High D, silver keys, rollers LF F and Ab and LH Eb/Db
61200Also has the letter K stamped on the U-tube.
61221
61230
61240High d and e keys, tubes by Heckel
61250
61267Complete 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.
61270
61310
61330Repairs by Marcus High D/E and tubes
61380
61410
61700
61740black
61750
61780
61790
61800
61810
61820
61830High D/E
61840No 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.
61850
61860
61870
61880
61890
61910
61950
61960
61970
62020
62045
62050
62060
62070
62080
62090
62100
62116
62140High D and E keys, standard rollers
62180
62250
62290Nickel keys. High D Ab/Bb trill
62330
62340
62350
62370
62390
62490
62500
62630no High D
62680
62690
62710
62730
62750
62800
62830
62840
62860
62880
62890
62900
62930
62950
62970
62980Refinished in 1993 by John Campbell in L.A. Keys were extended to accomodate short fingers.
63000
63026
63030
63040
63060
63070
63090
63110
63120
63141
63160
63290
63530High D and E keys, Db/Eb, Whisper Key/C#, Low E/F# rollers and F/Ab rollers, water tubes
63560
63580
63620
63660
63910
63934Black finish. Labels sanded off
63950
63990
64000
64010High D, off-set high E, rollers on F-Ab, Bb and F#.
64020
64040High D and E. Ab/Bb trill
64100
64120Early style bore
64130
64150
64220High D and high E keys
64250
64260
64278The letter K is also stamped near the serial number
64320
64820
64830
64842
64850
64870
64880
64890
64900High 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.
64940No High D/E
64950Walter Rieger renewed keywork with high E key
64960
64980Refinished and had a High E and Eb added
64990
65000French bell
65010
65020
65030
65060
65120
65140
65165
65180
65190
65200
65210
65220
65240
65250Worked 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.
65280High c/d key and a high e added in 1994, with a replating later on. French bell.
65290
65330
65340Revised by Rieger in 2003
65490
65510
65630
65900Sterling water tubes in 4 finger holes, added high D key, added low C# and D# roller castings, right thumb whisper lock.
65910
65920
66020
66040
66050
66060"cut" wing
66070no rollers. High D/E and tubes
66090
66120
66140
66160
66173According 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.
66215Nickel plating, high d and high e keys, rollers for F/Ab and Eb/Db keys and right hand whisper key lock.
66260
66280
66300High D/E
66320Complete 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.
66330
66350
66398
66400
66440
66490
66500
66510
66540
66560High E, rollers.
66570
66580Water tubes, high D and E, standard rollers.
66630
66830
66930High D/E
66950
66960
66980
66990
67xx10
67020High D/E
67030
67044French bell, has the letter R stamped on the boot.
67056French bell
67090
67100
67146Marked on boot with the letter R. High d, high E, sterling silver finger tubes, and right hand lock.
67150
67160Rollers for little finger keys, left hand whisper lock, high D key
67170No High D/E
67180
67240Water tubes, high E.
67260
67280
67310
67320
67632
67640
67670
67700
67720
67730
67810
67840model 41i with offset high E key
67850
67860
67870
67880
67890
67920
67950High D/E, D/Eb trill, 5 tubes
67960Small joint has only c tube, no trill keys, no high d, roller on c# key. Long joint: no rollers.
67970
68xx3
68000
68050Has the letters <i>KL</i> stamped near the serial number.
68080Nickel plating
68110
68120Has tubes and Eb, E/F#, F/G#, Eb/C#-rollers. Silverplated keywork.
68140
68160
68170
68200
68250
68320
68520
68530
68550
68590
68610
68670
68680Eb trill key, high D, "typewriter" whisper key lock.
68720
68740Tubes and high D and E key
68760
68810
68824
68838
68840
68860
68883Has tubes and high E key
68910
68940
68950
68960
68970
69030
69040
69050
69060
69070
69080
69140
69160
69170High D and E, rollers
69187Has a Low A mechanism for left thumb and left little finger. The Low A bell seems to have become separated from the instrument.
69230
69250
69650
69790
69800
69810
69830
69879Has the letter K stamped next to the serial number
69885
69890
69900
69920
69930
69960
69980Last seen without the original wing joint.
Serial Number# of photosDescription
70000
70010
70020
70030
70040
70050
70060
70080
70110
70120
70130
70140
70150
70160
70170
70190
70210
70220
70240
70270
70280
70310
70320
70331
70340
70370
70380There 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.
70390
70420
70430
70440
70450Not original long joint
70470
70480
70520
70530
70600
70780Small tenon of long joint metal capped
70794
70810
70830
70870
70900Has a USQMC mark for United States Quartermaster.
70910
70920Has a USQMC mark for United States Quartermaster.
70940
70950
70960
70980
70990
71010
71140No High D or E
71150
71180
71240Light yellow/brown
71250The letter T is stamped near the serial number.
71260
71310
71330
71340
71350
71360
71370
71430
71440High d, 8 original rollers (Db/Eb, E/F#/Ab, F#/Ab), wing joint lined, 4 finger holes rubber lined
71490
71650
71701Additional stamping <i>KL</i>
71720
71790
718x2
71800
71810
71830
71843Has Heckel centennial seal. Silver plated keys, silver tubes.
71850
71860
71890
71900
71979
72000
72010Has Heckel centennial seal
72030
72060Originally brown; refinished to black
72080
72090
72100
72110
72150
72160
72180French system-Plateau system
72190Has two long joints; one French and one German
72200
72430
72450
72460Centennial model
72506Anniversary Model. The stamp 1831-1931 is visible near the top of the long joint. Metal tenon rings.
72510High D key
72560Bore similar to 3000. "Flatback"
72840
72850
72890
72910World system.
72920
72930
72940
72970
73010
73020
73030
73040
73050
73060
73070High D/E, D/Eb trill
73080
73690
73720Boehm system
73730
73740
73750
74020
74070
74080
74100
74110
74120
74130
74140
74150
74160French 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.
74190
74200
74250
74450Fox research instrument, Low A
74460
74480
74560
74650
74660
74880
74980
74990
75000
75010
75020
75070
75220
75320
75330
753411
75350
75400
75470
75570
75630
75722
75800
75820
75850
75860
75880
75990
76010
76030
76050
76090
76110
76140
76190Rollers on the F and Ab. No high d or e keys. Low A bell.
76200
76233
762811
76390
76412
76420
76520
76540
76560High D/E.
76580
76630black
76667
76730
77020
77030Refinished and new pads, corks, and felt. Ivory ring on bell joint; installed finger tubes. Five rollers, High D key, Left hand Whisper key locks.
77130
77160
77234
77550
77560
77610
776218
77640Long bore
77660
77675
77680
77710
77720
77760
77820
77830Two bassoons put together-different long join and bell
77900Palisander
77980
780x4
78020Silverplated keywork.
78050
78060
78160
78200
78210
78240
78300
78310
78350
78410
784610
78470No high d key, extra rollers for low C/D and F/Ab, silver plated keys.
78500
78550Long joint is 11,000 series replacement
78570
78600
78640
78650
78660
78670
78690
78700
78760
78770No High D or High E key, simple model
78810
78960High D/e, tubes
78970Ab/Bb trill
78990
79010
79060
79099
791049
79185No High D/E
79210World system
79250
79385
79390High D and E keys, hard plastic tubes
79430
79602
79620
79630
79670
79820
79850
79860
79910High D and E keys.
Serial Number# of photosDescription
80000
80030
80090
80103
80120
80184
80210Standard Key System with Left Hand whisper Lock.
80240
80250New finish, new silver plating. Rollers, high e.
80280
80370
804x1
80412Model 41i
80444
80550
80650
80669
80740black
80800
80830Longer than normal wing and long joints
80870
80930
80941
80950
80980
81030
81040Has Conn bell
81100
81240
81250
81276
81290
81310
81350
81370
81380
81430
81450
81460
815012
81514Mucetti Model
81530
81570
81580high 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.
81620
81640
81750
81770Nickel plated, French bell.
81790
81860
81900Model 41i
81930Longer than normal wing and long joints
82010
82032
82040
82050
82060
82110
82170
82240
82257
82260
82270
82330
82350
82430
82440Long wing joint
82450
82500
82517
82530
82560
82634
82640
82681
82750
82760
82770
82789
82800
82830Silver plated, High E, balance hanger
82850
82860
82917
82950
82970
82990
83000
83012
83040
83100
83140
83210
83220Finger tubes, high e, LH (French) whisper key, an added left thumb Eb, and a raised low D for an easier reach to the whisper key. A second Ab hole in the boot was removed, as well as the C# trill for the R index. Also has Ab/Bb trill for the R thumb.
83290
83300
83310
83332
83350
83430High E, Eb, D, Eb trill between 2 and 3, pinky whisper key, right thumb whisper lock, 6 metal tubes, some extra rollers.
83450
83460
83620Rollers: 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 joint
83660
83670
83700
83730
83920High D, and high E keys.
839316Basic model 41i
83970
84020Has had keywork replaced with Adler keywork; was also refinished by Adler and therefore looks like an Adler bassoon.
84070
84090
84100
84130
84140
84210
84220
84250
84320
84330
84340High d, high e, 9 original rollers. Hard rubber tone-hole inserts.
84350
84410
84420
84440Restored by Carl Sawicki. All standard rollers, silver keys, high D and E, A flat/Bb flat trill.
84460High D/E
84610
84626
84660
84670
84740
84760
84770
84780Added 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.
84920
84930
84950
85043
85050
85069World system; High D and E keys
851913
85200
85210
85220Multiple rollers, tubes
85530
85550Longer than normal wing and long joints
85770
85780
85790
85800
85810
86036World system, with Low A bell
86050
86110
86240
86250
86370
86380
86399
86520
86560
86700
86710
86830
86840
87000
88441Gentlemen's model
89510
Serial Number# of photosDescription
90000
90xx3
90010
900611
90070
90110
90130
90260
90270
90340
90350
90360
90370
90480
90490
90610
90630
90650
90670
90860
91100
91110
91120
91180
91232High D, plus Ab/Bb trill (pinky) on boot joint. All standard rollers plus low C/D, little finger F#/Ab
91240Ab/Bb trill, rollers on left thumb whisper key/C# key; low D/C.
91250
91310
91320
91336High D and E, Ab/Bb trill
91410
91420
91430
91460
91470
91480
91490
91610
91660
91690E/Eb trill
91700
91740
91750
91760Includes high E key, all extra rollers, Ab/Bb trill key, Eb trill key.
91770
91780
91790
91840
91860
91916
919316
91940
92000
92010Ab/Bb trill key, extra rollers, left hand Eb trill key, right-hand whisper key lock, rollers on Low D/Low C, Sterling-silver plating.
92050
92104
92110
92120
92156
92180
92230
92240
92250
92260High D and tubes.
92270
92302
92320
92330
92350Silver tubes. High D and high E, plateau key on the third finger left hand, Ab alternate key.
92360
92373Light brown, with High D
92420
92430
92450
92470
92510
92620
92640
92650
92660
92800
92820
92830
92840
92870
92900Palisander 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.
92960
92980
92990
93000
93030
93070Orange/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.
93090
93140
93300
93340
93350
93390
93410
93440
93460
93480
935006 water tubes. Factory high D, E keys, Ab/Bb trill, Heckel right thumb whisper lock.
93520
93540
93570Left pinky whisper key Heckel added Ab/Bb trill, high e and extended the high d key. Blonde finish.
93590
93600
93640
93660no tubes
93694Silver plating; high E key, little finger (French) whisper key.
93730
93785
93800
93850
93880
93890
93910
93950
93970
94020
94090Complete restoration by Marcus; added a divided long joint and tubes in all finger holes.
94100
94120Black, High D, Ab/Bb trill
94152
94170
94200
94220
94240
94270
94290
943x2
94360
94410High E, rollers
94440High D/E, Ab/Bb trill
94460
94490
94520
94540
94560Ab/Bb trill key, right hand crook lock.
94590
94660
94670
94690
94730
94760
94790
94810
94820
94840
94890
94910
94960
94980
95030French mechanism for left hand, original satin dark brown finish, ivory ring, both sides of boot joint lined.
95150
95170
95240
95250
95270
95300
95320
95340
95640
95650Rosewood, French system long joint
95780Rosewood, High D/e
95860
95880
95908High E
95920French long joint
95940
95960
96010
96050
96120
96150
96174
96190High 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.
96260
96310
96330
96360
963822
96390
96400
96420Complete restoration by Hubner Bassoons Whisper key lock, Silver-plated keys, High D key, Has all tubes
96440
96680
97030Mucetti system
97078
97100
97120
97160
97170
97200Red/orange instrument with an unusual right hand Bb key immediately above the G key on the boot joint
97210
97250Metal bell ring.
972719Model 41i, Muccetti system, black, nickel plated, metal tubes, Ab/Bb Trill, D/Eb trill and complete roller set right and left hands.
97280
97380
97410
97450tubes, high-E-key, Ab/Bb-trill-key, A-headjoint
97460
97490
97720
97800Mercetti system
97890
98110
982226
98249
98330
98380High E, Ab/Bb trill, tubes
98395
98440
98460
98480
98520
98530
98540
98590High D/E, D/D# trill, Ab/Bb trill
98610
98720
98730
98757
98770
98790
98840
98860
98880Built for A=444
98900
98920
98930
98950High e, low e to f link.
98970black, French bell
99060
99120Black
99150
99170
99180High D/E, extra rollers
99210
99230
99262
99300
99370Balance hanger
99390
99410High D/E, Ab/Bb trill
99460
99580
996x1
99610High 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.
99630
99680First 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.
99700
99740
99750
99760
99770
99806Ivory 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
99810High D/E, French whisper key
99820
99840
99900
99910
99932
99940
99950
99962
99980
Serial Number# of photosDescription
100000
100050
100070
100090Low A bell
100100
100110
100140
100180
100200
100220
100310
100383
100440
100450
100550
100560Brown color
100580Ivory 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.
100606
100690Model 41i ordered with high D and high E and German bell
100710Low 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.
100740Gold Plated
100780
100820
100830
101050
101070
101146Mucetti system
101160
101180
101220
101250Moritz system
101270
101310
101352
101380
1014x1
101420
101440Silver-plated. Trill Ab/Bb, tremolo b/g, Bb/F, rollers for DC, B/Bb, b-fis, A; Balance hanger.
101470
101510
101560
1016x1
101620
101660
101710
101730
101750
101770
101840
101870
101880Silver, High D and E
101890Originally without a high c/d or e. Also originally had a lot of extra keywork on it to accomadate a player with smaller hands. Most of this extra keywork has been removed.
101910
101970
101990
102060
102080High D and E added
102100
102110
102190
102240
102280
102320
102380
1023910
102410
102440
102450
102460
102470
102540
102560
102650
102680
102740
102770
102790
102830
102850Divided 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.
102875
103000
103070High D, E and F#
103090
1031x1
103110
103120
103180
103200
103220
103250
103270High D
103310
103330
103400
103420
103500
103510
103530
103560
103605
103640
103700
103770Ab/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.
103780
103880High E key, standard rollers.
103910Metal 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).
1039414Metal bell ring, D/Eb trill, Ab/Bb trill, low C#/D# trill, low C#/E trill, extra rollers (whisper key, low C), right hand whisper key lock, additional A resonance hole, second low C hole, high A bridge, alternate low C# key, double wide F key, French whisper key.
103950Long joint and bell paired with 12745
103990
104040Gentleman'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.
104060
104100
104110
104210
104270Low A
104360
104380
104400
104420
104430
104450
104531
104660
104680
104700
104810
104820
104860
104881Wide 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.
104905
104930
105040No high D key. Two rollers, one for each pinkie.
105080
105120
105190
105210
105230
105240Orangy-brown colour, high D and E-keys, Bb/Ab trill, rollers at the right thumb, nickel-plated.
105260
105340
105350
105430
105450
105470
105490
105510
105600
105610
105650
105670
105690
105710
105730Ab-Bb trill, Left thumb whisper key lock, High D key, 4 Rollers, Ivory German bell,
105760
105820
105880
105910
105930
105950
106xx3
106000
106090High D and E, left-hand Eb trill, French whisper key, Ab/Bb trill and tubes in all finger holes.
106110
106130
106170
106190
106260
106370
106390
106410
106500
106520
106630
106650tubes, rollers, High D and E, G# ring
106690
106710
106720
106760
106830
106850
106890
1069x5
106930Metal 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.
106960
107007Black
107040
107110
107130
107180
107330High D and E, combination Low Db/Eb key
107350Italian bell.
107540
107560No High D
107630
107670
107710
107760
107820
107850
107870
107910
107940
107960
108000
108020
108050
108160
108180
108201High D and E, with c# rollers, thumb f#, Ab/Bb tr, nickel keywork.
108220
108330
108380
108440
108480
108490
108550
108570
109020Black
109040
109100
109170
109320Ab/Bb trill, tubes, High D and E
109340
109370
109390Tubes, High D and E, Ab/Bb trill, rollers
109410
109460
109480
109500
109565
109570divided long joint, silver tubes, high-E, lock device, C-plate, B-trill
1096504 tubes, D# trill, High D and E
109660
Serial Number# of photosDescription
110000
110090French whisper key, High E
110120
110200
110270
110290
110310Plateau system
110470
1105x4
110600
110670
110710
110730
110780
110820
110860
110880
110990
111000
111010
111060
111080
111100
111130
111190Original 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.
111210
111230
111260
111300
111350
111370
111390
111410High E, Ab/Bb trill
111460
111510
111520
111560
111580
111590Gentlemen's model
111610Nickel plated, red finish, ivory bell, French whisper key, Ab/Bb trill key.
111630
111650Moritz system
111670
111680
111700
111740
111760
112070
112090Black with metal bell ring. Silver plated. Maintained by Tony Malone, Carl Sawicki and John Goebbel.
112110
112120
112140
112180
112290
112310Red mahogany, ivory bell ring
112330
112340
112360
112387
112450
112510
112560Has high-D, high-E, right-hand whisper key lock, Ab/Bb trill key.
112620Wide bore model
112640Model 41i
112650
112660
112740
112750
112820
112850
113010
113105Extra rollers on whisper key, LH C# ,high A/Bb touch pieces, low D and low C touch pieces.
113120
113230
113240
113260French 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.
113270
113280
113300
113325offset 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.
113330
113340
113450
113520
113540
113560High D/E, various rollers, no Ab-Bb trill.
113590Maple. Red/mahogany. German bell with ivory ring. High D key. Rollers right hand F-Ab; left hand Db/Eb. Left thumb whisper key lock.
113630
113680Black with silver keys
113700
113720
113740
113760
113780
113792
113810
113850
115010
115030
115050Described as having "many extras"
115092
115120
115200
115230
115290Model 41i
115330
115340High 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.
115360Sterling silver keys. High D/E, Eb trill. Ab/Bb trill linkage without special tone hole.
115400
115450
115470
115491
115510right thumb whisper key, Ab/Bb trill, offset high E and Eb keys, right hand D/Eb trill, and many rollers.
115530
115580
115600Ab/Bb trill Db/Eb trill Alt. C-C# trill Alt. F# alt Ab
115610
115650
115670
115690
115720
115740
115760
115780
115800
115871
115890
115930
116017Pallisander wood, solid silver keys
116050
116090
116110Silver keys. High D/E. Eb trill, Ab-Bb trill.
116120High D and E
116140
116180
116200
116220
116240Recent keywork plating, maintained by Marcus/Wheeler in Toronto and Millard/Backun in Vancouver.
116250
116310
116367
116380
116400Black with metal bell ring.
116440Nickel 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.
116530
116550
11700012 rollers
117040Gold Plated
117060
117080Metal tone-hole liners under all pads
117100
117110
117150
117160
117190Divided long joint.
117200
117250
117260
117280
117300Black finish with metal bell ring. Offset high E and right hand thumb whisper lock. Floor peg on boot.
117370
117390F#-G# and C#-D# trill
117460
117480Solid Silver Key Work Foster Bocal Lock Extra Keys plus floor spike
117500High D and E, Ab-Bb trill, French whisper key
117520High D and E. Ab-Bb trill, rollers, tubes
117550
117570
117610
117650
118000
118080
118100High D and E, inserts
118120
118150
118263
118320
11834018 rollers. High D and E. Eb trill, Ab-Bb trill
118350
118370
118390
118410High E key, six tone-hole inserts, Ab/Bb and Eb trill keys, the usual rollers.
118430
118520
11854011 rollers, High E, tubes
118590High d and e
118630
118650
118670Gentlemen's model.
1187x1
1187205-piece
118760High D, F/Ab rollers
118850
118960
118980
118990
119000
119100
119110
119120Ab-Bb trill, extra rollers
119140
119160
119180
119220
119240Ab-Bb trill, D/E, 5-piece
119270
119290
119340
119359Model 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).
119360
119460
119470
119490
119530
119540
119680
119690Silver 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)
119710
119730
119750Nickel-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.
119800
119860
119880Gentlemen's model
119950
119960
119970
119990
Serial Number# of photosDescription
120000
120010
120020
120080
120110
120170
120210
120230
120240
120260
120270
120280
120340
120390Maple, 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.
120410
120430
120460Short 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.
120560
120620
120640Moennig whisper key lock, High E key, water tubes.
120680
120700
120770
120810
120840Medium red finish with Ab/Bb trill and High E
120870
120880
120990
121000
121086
121100
121120
121150
121200
121238
121256French 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.
121380
121400
121410
121450
121630
121650
121760Red mahogany, sterling silver keywork, divided long joint, dual ratcheting whisper key locks
121856
121880
1219x1
121910
122000
122040High E and whisper lock.
122060
122110Ordered via West Music in Coralville, IA.
122360High E, Ab/Bb trill
122470
1226x1
1226216Red 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.
122760All 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.
122800
122820Medium red finish with Ab/Bb trill and High E
122850
122870Divided long joint-small section separate
122910
122940
123060
123090
123130
123150
123500
123540
123560
1236x2
123650
1237x4High F
123720
123740
123760
123800
123820
123830
123850High 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.
123890
123940
123960
124000Described as having "many options"
124140
124160
124190
124200
124389Curly maple
124490
124510Palisander 'gentleman's' model
124640
124670
124680
124700
124780
124810Dark 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.
124860High 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 D
124900
124930
1249510string
124970
125000
125030
125180Red mahogany, ivory bell ring, French whisper key
125210French whisper key added.
125230Maple color with German bell
125250"Many extra keys"
125290
125540
125560
125620
125780
125820High-e, Ab-Bb trill, French whisper, unique combination whisper key and lock, right thumb whisper key, g# ring key.
125840
126110
126200
1262x1
126220
126250
126270
126297Walnut color, silver plated. Hi E and hi Eb keys, rollers for right thumb on boot.
126310
126360Palisander wood. 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.
126440
126450Palisander gentleman's model
126560Ivory 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.
126600
126690
126750
126820
126880
126900
126970
127000
127040
127130
127200
127230
127260Nickel 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.
127280
127366Herzberg 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.
127390
127410Red mahogany
127430
127450Paired with the bell and long joint of heckel 10395
127460
127480Palisander wood Gentlemans (no top metal band) model
127520
127540
127590
127820
127850
127860
127990Has 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.
128010Divided 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.
128040
128060Red 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.
128130
128150
128210
128230
128240Gentlemens model, High D and E; extra rollers
128260
128340
128430
128500
128560Ab/Bb trill
128590
128630
128820
128850
128860High E, Ab/Bb trill, Eb trill, 4 rollers right thumb, 2 rollers between Low C/D, ivory bell ring, silver plated keywork.
128880Red mahogany
128900
128910Black
128970
129010
129020
129060Very dark brown color without visible rings. German bell with metal ring.
129073
129110
129130
129250
129290
129300
129310
129350
1294x1
1294216
129440
129600
129660
129930
Serial Number# of photosDescription
130000
130010
130090
130110
130120
130140
130180
130230
130270Ab/Bb trill, High D and E
130290
130420Used 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.
130520
130530
130620
130640
130730
130770
130820
130840
131010
131120
131160
131180
131250Gentlemen's model
131360
131380A/whisper bridge, Reg E/Eb
131490
131580
131710
131771
131800
131960
132000
132090
1322x1
132510
1326x1
132650
132660
133020
1331x1
133580
133650
133800
133870
134020Black, nickel-plated keys, High D key
134050
134130
134220
134440
134460
134480
134620
134730
134770
134970
135000
135010
1352x1
1353x1
135760
135840
136220
136280
136460
136600
136640
136920
137160
137350
137460
137680Red mahogany, French bell, tone hole ring key for index finger right hand.
137860
138280
138351
138930
139310
139470
139750High Eb, E and F keys, standard rollers, balance hanger.
Serial Number# of photosDescription
140000
140100Dark 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 rollers
140180
140360
140401
140530
140894Gentleman's model with one piece bell, standard keywork plus Ab-Bb trill and low C#-D# trill
141310
1415x1
142xx1
142110Pallisander 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).
1425x1
143020
143040
144xx1
144400
145190
145210
145930
146070Red with silver keywork
146220
1470x1
147xx1
147042
147280
147410
147430
147650Red, silver plating with German bell. Hi D and E. RH whisper lock. D#/E trill.
1478x1High F, divided long joint, offset C#, right-hand Eb trill, no front Bb
1481x1
149290High F
149590
149620High 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.
149690
149780
149990
Serial Number# of photosDescription
150630
1509x1
151050
1511x1divided long joint
1516x1
151790
152081Divided long joint
1522x1
1532x1
1536x3
153770
154210
159xx1
159839
Serial Number# of photosDescription
161xx3

Summary statistics for Heckel Bassoons in our database

Instruments by Series
SeriesNumber of Instruments
0s8
1000s26
2000s1
3000s81
4000s178
5000s230
6000s291
7000s241
8000s159
9000s259
10000s225
11000s223
12000s185
13000s73
14000s28
15000s6
Total2214
Instruments by Decade
DecadeNumber of Instruments
1870s4
1880s33
1890s59
1900s139
1910s126
1920s425
1930s348
1940s138
1950s264
1960s187
1970s256
1980s169
1990s27
2000s31
Total2214

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