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A wonderful sounding pre-war Riedl bassoon for sale in excellent condition. Similar to a pre-war Heckel but with much lower price tag. Riedl bassoons are rare instruments of high quality. It is finely made in every detail, crafted from an elegant piece of highly figured maple wood, and with a pure and sweet sound.

The Riedl is a pre-1950 instrument similar in sound and build to a fine old Heckel, but for a fraction of the price. Round sound with loads of character that you won't find in a modern bassoon, and very free blowing.

Here is some extra information about the maker and his bassoons:

Ernst Riedl began his instrument making career working for V. Kohlert and Sohne in Graslitz, but in 1924 he began his own instrument making company. Riedl quickly became a true master instrument maker, managing to repeatedly produce bassoons with a very fine quality of tone. He only ever made one or two bassoons per month, and they were of the highest calibre. He began making bassoons in the early 1930s (having started with other woodwinds from 1924) and ceased manufacturing some time around 1950, shortly after his firm was nationalised after the war and he was forced to work for Kohlert.

This is a rare opportunity to own a Riedl bassoon, sensitively restored in our workshops. It has all new corks, felts and pads, multiple bore oil and much more, and is sold in perfect working order.

Owing to the quality of sound, easy of playability and precise intonation, this bassoon is suitable from beginner to advance playing levels.

This particular bassoon features:

  • A sonorous and colourful sound, big dynamic range and a sweetness of tone not found in modern bassoons
  • Free blowing and easy to play with excellent projection
  • Precise intonation
  • Elegant original varnish. Made from a fine piece of naturally striped maple wood, something Riedl bassoons are known for.
  • Silver plated keywork in excellent condition
  • A basic but lightweight and carefully designed level of keywork, comfortable and easy to play quickly. No high D key, but it plays high D very easily without it, as it was made to. Extra C sharp trill, B flat trill, alternate F sharp, alternate G sharp. Keywork could be upgraded at cost but it really doesn't need it
  • Finger hole liners extending into the bore, fitted by us. This means no water bubbling through the finger holes when playing, and a really precise intonation
  • A case in good condition with back straps
  • Puchner MD1 crook/bocal
  • 12 month warranty

 

 

£7,000.00Available

Delivery costs will be calculated at checkout