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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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bassclefbabe 2007-08-08 17:32 
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Chris P 2007-08-10 19:32 
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Chris P 2007-08-10 19:40 
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Chris P 2007-08-10 21:01 
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BassoonWorks 2008-08-10 04:56 

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