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 Should I buy a Laval bassoon?
Author: bassclefbabe 
Date:   2007-08-08 17:32

I have the option of buying a laval basson for myself or a number of other instruments. I love the sound of the bassoon and would like to learn how to play it but I cannot afford an expensive bassoon as much as I would love to.

I know the sound quality is worse on lavals but would it make a difference for a beginner?

I am left with the choice of buying a laval bassoon or not buying a bassoon at all.

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 Re: Should I buy a Laval bassoon?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-08-10 19:32

Do you know who makes Laval bassoons?

If they're of dubious quality (I'm only speculating they may be the current low price ones made in China) then couldn't you find a used plastic Fox or similar? I know you said it's a Laval or nothing, but surely your options aren't that limited.

What is your budget?


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 Re: Should I buy a Laval bassoon?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-08-10 19:40

Look on eBay. If you can get one for well under $1000 then it should be worth it to begin with. Though it will mean your next bassoon should you want to upgrade would also have at least all the features this one has.

It looks like there are some from the same Chinese company that makes bassoons for Takeda.


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 Re: Should I buy a Laval bassoon?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-08-10 21:01

Compare and contrast:


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 Re: Should I buy a Laval bassoon?
Author: BassoonWorks 
Date:   2008-08-10 04:56

Skip the Laval. It will probably be another decade before the Chinese have the experience to market consistent bassoons. They have already done it for clarinets and brass instruments, so it is only a matter of time.

Meanwhile, for inexpensive instruments look for used Schreibers or Moennigs on eBay or from a reputable dealer/reseller. These are not the best money can buy today, but they were solid student instruments in the 1950-80s and many still have lots of life left in them.

BUT, and this is a big one, you need to get the instrument into the hands of a qualified bassoon repairman. Not just a local woodwind shop. These older instruments can be made playable and get you going for much less than a used Fox (even a used plastic Fox), but they need to be properly adjusted.

Bottom line is that beginning students need good solid instruments that play well, have pads that seal properly, and keywork that works. Good luck!

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