I enjoyed seeing the photos of your instrument.
One of the reasons why the 3000 is no longer in favor is because more modern bassoons have more "robust" sounds. (Another reason is that many of them are not at A=440 -- but I digress.)
However, you can experiment with bocals and reeds to see if you can tailor the sound to be more to your liking.
I wonder if you may be able to find bocals that would better match your instrument -- "pre-WWI" bocals (to coin a phrase) -- out there somewhere.
Also, you can play to the strengths of the instrument.
For example, a bassoonist once said to me that he never understood what was going through Tchaikovsky's head when he wrote the opening solo of the 6th symphony, until for fun he bought and started practicing on a 3000 series. Then it made perfect sense to him. He said that that pianissimo low E entrance is almost child's play on a 3000.
I bet your instrument would be great for quintet and chamber music playing, and chamber orchestras. Maybe less so for concert band playing.
Re "restoration": there are all sorts of levels of restoration available to someone. I've seen 100 year old Heckels that are so restored that they are no longer recognizable as the same instrument; they look almost like new, with modernized keywork. That's way more work, and way more expensive, than you should do at this point in your life and with your current finances and with this instrument. Whatever work you choose to have done should be towards the goals of ensuring that it plays well and to stop any deterioration in its tracks. In the future you can consider updating the keywork, tone holes, appearance, etc. as needed or desired.
Oh -- do you have any plans to leave the country with it? If so, the ivory bell (if it is so equipped) may cause you problems when you reenter the U.S.
If you choose to change instruments from this one, perhaps you should try the newest Renard (260?). Also the 220. You may find either one of those to be more to your taste than a 240, based on what you own and what you've said about your taste in instruments.
Last edited by William Safford (2016-02-20 21:36:42)