Topic: Bocal problem?
I have a fairly advanced HS student whose parents recently bought him a used Fox Renard 220. 34xxx serial number. It's in pretty good physical shape, a little wear here and there and certainly needs some routine maintenance. He was having trouble with cracking As and Bbs (top of the bass staff), and my usual fix of "flatworm eyes" scraped behind the tip area (effectively narrowing the front of the heart) did not seem to solve the problem. Tried several different reeds, and finally tried several different bocals. The best fit for his bassoon seemed to be a Fox C2 that I sometimes use to play 2nd bassoon because I can get softer and darker easier. This bassoon came with a *CVX*2 and a *CVX*3, which I have always thought were pretty good bocals. Has anyone else had this same experience, and what solution did you finally adopt. I told the mother last night that I would keep searching for a solution. I think they're going to send the bassoon to a repairman for some servicing later this week..perhaps the problam will abate with better seailng?
Any thoughts would be appreciated....
Greenville, SC Symphony Orchestra
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra