Kevin Harris wrote:
This note has been a problem for me since I started playing on my Moosmann 200AP. I also have difficulty with the C and short C-sharp below and the E-flat above. This was never a problem when I played on a Renard 222, however the E-flat and D tended to be sharp on that instrument. My biggest problem is with the short C-sharp and the one an octave below that. Other than this area, my bassoon is very consistent throughout its range, especially since I started using Gene Carter's reeds
I had the same problem on my Moosmann 222A. I was unsatisfied with the pitch mostly on Eb, E and F above the staff. When I met Bernd at IDRS this summer I brought my horn and played it for him, demonstrating where the pitch was. He agreed it was low on those notes, so to test he had me play C and D4, which he agreed were flat compared to the notes going up the scale. So his solution was to ream out the E and D tone holes (where your second and third finger of the right hand cover) right there on the show room floor! My intonation in that register was improved as a result.
(don't try this at home kids!)
Of course, D is always a little flat, so when I need it I will also add the Eb key, as has been suggested above. I don't use it as my standard fingering, but I know it's there if I need it for cushion.
Last edited by Trent (2008-09-29 21:48:40)
M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds