Topic: New Fox 680 and Renard 260

Anyone try these new Foxes?  Is the Renard 260 a jr 660 or is it a jr 601, or perhaps something else altogether?

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Frank Watson
Greenville (SC) Symphony
Spartanburg Philharmonic
Converse College Petrie School of Music

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Re: New Fox 680 and Renard 260

260 is more like a Jr. 660 than 601. Although I'd prefer to think of it as the brawny big brother of the 240. It's a Much improved instrument over the 240 IMO. The thickwall design solves a lot of the problems I have had with the 240; balances out unevenness, improves some projection and power without any harshness. Keywork and decoration design (lacquer, stain color, silver plating, etc.) is identical to the 240 and 220. A very welcome addition to the Fox line. It's substantially more expensive than the 240, however.

I've played a few 680s at some showroom floor events in the last 9 months. Very impressive. Just had a chance on Thursday night to take a brand new red maple 680 to a rehearsal (just a duo). The instrument is still a bit tight, having just arrived from the factory, but the sonic spectrum is very evenly balanced across the instrument, the low range is full and rich and powerful but the tenor register has a nice easy quality and a lightness to it that I have liked from the 201 model that I miss in the 660 (and really miss in the 601). I personally prefer the mountain maple Fox pro horns, but it's about 50/50 in terms of who likes what. And again, this one was brand spanking new so it's very possible a broken in red maple horn would appeal to me more.

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon Specialist at Midwest Musical Imports

Re: New Fox 680 and Renard 260

Thanks for the info Trent! A lot of us are excited about the new instruments! Cheers-Steve

Bassoonist, bassoon dad, bassoon husband, bassoon uncle, bassoon brother and bassoon son.

Re: New Fox 680 and Renard 260

What kind of price difference is the 260 vs. 240 Trent?

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Re: New Fox 680 and Renard 260

The list price for the 240 is $12,500. The list price for the 260 is $18,000. Obviously nobody pays that list price for the 240, and the same will hold for the 260, but you'll have to contact your preferred dealer directly to hear their price. I'm not at liberty to disclose any other price on the forum (sorry). It gives you a proportionate view of the two instruments though.

Incidentally, the 680 is the same price as the other thick-wall models, with red maple being more expensive than mountain, as has been the case in the past.

Last edited by Trent (2014-02-18 09:56:33)

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon Specialist at Midwest Musical Imports

Re: New Fox 680 and Renard 260

Excellent! Thanks Trent!

Bassoonist, bassoon dad, bassoon husband, bassoon uncle, bassoon brother and bassoon son.