Waterhouse Collection -- Ref: BN10414a

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Heckel 4xxx World System (built 1907)

In order to penetrate the British and American markets, where the French system was well entrenched at the time, Heckel developed from 1900 several “World System” models, of which this is an early example. The key system is similar to that of the French bassoon with a few modifications. However, in respect of bore, and placement and size of tone holes, the instrument remained essentially German in character. A chart of 1911 gives a range up to a’’-flat. The wing and descending bore of the butt are lined with hard rubber. The bell has a French style contour with metal ring. The dark varnish, when new, would have approximated the look of a French rosewood bassoon. On the long joint, repairs may have been carried out to the lower tenon and to the D hole. Sold as seen, no crook. From the William Waterhouse Collection.

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