Bassoonists choose bassoons for a number of reasons, some good, many bad. I believe that many people end up with their bassoon simply because it was the best one they could find in a certain lapse of time, and that they needed one for music school/ their masters degree/ a symphony job/ an audition/ because I had the money/ because it felt great/ because it sounded great or good or better than the Selmer USA that they had before. If you are in the market for a bassoon, the two main factors that you have to consider is the time you have to choose it, and arranging your finances to pay for the damned thing. Often, these two conditions do not occur simultaneously, leading to more problems.
For amateurs, the limitation is usually money. Very few of us can afford to ante up the $35,000.00 + that a new professional bassoon is going to cost, so we end up paying the amount that our spouses will allow us while attempting to maintain marital bliss. As a result, an amateur will start shopping and in the end, they will buy an affordable bassoon that is better than the one they had before. However, quantifying the actual reasons for the purchase would be difficult, as better than the last is quite vague. In the end, I have always felt that 'better' meant 'easier to play', or, 'it does not have the same faults that my old one has, and the faults on this one are easier to manage.'
Professionals should have a bit of a shopping list. Intonation, evenness, projection, response to your reed style and overall sound are all important, and they are usually shopping for a horn that has an incredible combination of these. However, finding this paragon of virtue usually ends up in failure, and they settle for a decent combination of some of these. The danger for pros is that after buying a bassoon, the honeymoon wears off and the faults of the bassoon that they chose ends up driving them crazy. So they find another one and buy it, and the cycle repeats anew.
So in response to your question: The number of reasons that bassoonists buy bassoons is probably kinda sorta maybe about equal to the amount of bassoonists who are currently shopping for a bassoon + the amount of bassoonists dreaming of buying another one.
Last edited by Dean (2013-07-30 07:58:02)
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