Topic: Good bocal for a 48xx Heckel?
I just pulled out my Heckel (48xx from 1909) again yesterday and played on it seriously (i.e. for more than 10 minutes) for the first time in years. All the bocals I have are not good and long (Schreiber #2 & #3, Linton #3, no-name #2). Even with the poor bocals, the instrument has a gorgeous tone. It is almost at A-440 with a #2 and woefully flat (~A-436) with a #3. I would like to bring the instrument to its full potential with a decent bocal.
What would be a good bocal for it? I understand pre-war Heckel bocals would be great, but with the amount of playing I do (once every few years) it is hard to justify spending $1000+ for a pre-war bocal. I play on my student's instrument during lessons (I don't travel with my Heckel to my student's house) and I don't play bassoon with orchestras.
What are cheaper alternatives out there? The bore of my Heckel is small (feels much smaller than my student's Fox 222 Plus). Should I get a bocal with a small volume to match it, or get one with a large volume to counter it?
Wai Kit Leung
Last edited by wkleung (2013-01-07 14:47:20)