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A Heckel 12000 series bassoon for sale (127XX). Very unusually high specification of keywork, including 13 rollers, high F key and lots of other extra keys to facilitate an advanced level of playing.

This bassoon has been fully and sympathetically restored to the very highest standard in our workshops over the last six months. 

It has beautiful new hand-rubbed, natural-oil-based varnish for maximum flexibility and resonance which allows the natural grain and beauty of the wood to shine through from underneath.

This is a magnificent instrument with a big, dark sound, pure tenor register and superb intonation.

All keywork and metalwork has been re-plated, it has all new pads, corks and felts; the bore has multiple coats of natural oil and it has been professionally set up with the greatest care. 

This is a rare opportunity to own a 12000 series Heckel bassoon in like-new condition, which needs absolutely no work doing to it.

This bassoon features:

  • Incredible projection and dynamic range
  • Warm, round, and direct Heckel sound
  • Outstanding intonation
  • New natural-oil-based varnish applied by our in-house varnish specialist, hand-rubbed with multiple layers using special techniques to allow the maple wood to resonate freely
  • Keywork and metalwork fully re-plated in nickel to match the original nickel plating
  • A lot of extra keys including high D, high E and high F keys, 13 rollers, French whisper key (plus the standard whisper key) and also an extra right hand whisper key mechanism adjacent to right hand thumb Bb touch, high A bridge, unusual but effective automatic Ab/Bb trill mechanism (finger Ab plus Bb with right thumb and trill G key), alternate low C# tone hole to facilitate automatic low C# to Eb trill, extra high G to G# trill tone hole with ring key (just above 1 finger hole on butt joint), right hand whisper key lock, right hand Eb trill key, low E to low F link arm so low E can be pressed on its own without the low F, offset right hand C# trill key, extra low C key
  • Brass tenon rings, double-lined bore on butt joint, sterling silver water tubes extending into the bore
  • This bassoon comes with a recently purchased and well matched Heckel CD2 crook/bocal, plus an older Heckel CD1 crook/bocal, upright case with back straps, balance hanger, new leather seat strap, new silk pull through, new cork grease

Owing to the value of this instrument we are not able to send it out by courier, so it needs to be tried at our premises prior to taking it for a trial if required. If taken on trial it will need to be insured by the triallee; we will need proof of insurance before it leaves our premises.

Commission sale on behalf of a private owner.

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