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 Bassoon Bocals
Author: blazian 
Date:   2007-05-30 22:31

I'm switching to bassoon from clarinet. I have two bocals to use and I don't know which one to pick. The bassoon is a Fox Renard. It has a Fox #2 bocal and a Fox #3 bocal. What is the point of two bocals?

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 Re: Bassoon Bocals
Author: Ian White 
Date:   2007-05-31 08:26

One practical reason for having two bocals is that they can easily get damaged - so having a spare can save the day.

Also the different lengths affect the tuning - like different length clarinet barrels.

Initially use the one which makes it easiest to play in tune then, when you get more experienced, experiment to see how various registers of the instrument sound with the different bocals.

Good luck

Ian

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 Re: Bassoon Bocals
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-05-31 12:31

Bassoon crooks are numbered in accordance to their length (0,1,2 and 3) - 0 being the shortest length.

Chris.

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 Re: Bassoon Bocals
Author: vgellin 
Date:   2007-06-04 18:04

The Fox numbering system is slightly different from other makers. The normal length is a #2. The number three bocal you have would probably be used if you were playing second bassoon in your ensemble. Some player's setups are open to playing second with a #2 bocal but I've found a three is better myself.

Vincent Ellin
Bassoon Soloist

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