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Beautiful Heckel 4000 series bassoon for sale second hand. We are particularly excited about this instrument, which has just been carefully restored. This is a very late 4000 series (497X) Heckel bassoon, long bore design with a big sound (much more akin to a 5000 series Heckel). This instrument sounds sweetly and resonantly and is of outstanding quality. We have added a high D key and German silver finger hole liners which has brought this instrument highly accurate intonation from top to bottom.

If you are looking for a gorgeous looking Heckel (we have left the varnish because it looks so nice), with a beautiful sound, easy response and great intonation, then you should definitely consider this bassoon. This bassoon is also very light to hold, being thin-walled and free-blowing. The keywork is basic but user-friendly. We can upgrade the keywork if required, but it works well as-is.

Hear this Heckel 4000 bassoon being played:

In particular this bassoon features:

  • An unusually charming and sweet tone, characteristic of fine older Heckels. Free blowing with a quick response, and excellent projection
  • Accurate intonation. The long bore means low E and D notes are pleasantly in tune (often sharp on other bassoons). The rest of the instrument is very well balanced
  • New nickel plating in perfect condition
  • Varnish in charming, used condition, which we have left well alone because of its age and beauty
  • Rare and original French metal bell ring
  • Original Heckel stamps visible throughout
  • Keywork is basic but surprisingly ergonomic and light to the touch. Includes high D key (not shown), right hand thumb whisper key lock, C# and Eb trills, alternate F#-G#-Bb keys. Further keywork could be added, just ask
  • German silver finger-hole liners extending into the bore to aid against bubbling. Fitted by our in-house bassoon voicing specialist and carefully tuned and balanced
  • Metal tenon rings on long joint for strength
  • Well matched Heckel crook/bocal
  • New hard case with back straps
  • 12 month warranty

 This bassoon has undergone a full overhaul by us, including full repad, professional set up, bore oil and much more, and is sold in outstanding playing condition.

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£11,750.00Reserved

Delivery costs will be calculated at checkout