Kent Moore wrote:
How would you describe it?
It's essentially the same instrument, except Heckel won't customize it in any way. I wrote the factory with some questions before buying it more than five years ago, and in response they wrote that it's made of exactly the same wood and dimensions. My repairman says he noticed two differences: 1) the lacquer is sprayed on; and 2) the key work appears to be of a lesser quality silver. He also believes the key work is being outsourced by Heckel, but I'm unsure of the veracity of that statement.
How would you compare the tone and flexibility, etc with other Heckels and other makes?
I've only played on three other Heckels (5,000; 10,000; and 12,000), but I believe the tone on mine most closely resembles a 10,000 series. Like most Heckels, it's extremely flexible. On my instrument, the low register is especially responsive, a boon to a second player like me.
Excellent. Before I got my Crest I was playing on my school's 10,000 series and noticed a difference right away. I would say the pitch is more like a Fox bassoon rather than the stereotypical Heckel. I hate the B-flat on my horn (it’s really squirrelly), and the high A has a tendency to be sharp, but I think that can be said of most bassoons.
Did you get to try a few?
I ordered mine directly from the factory. At that time, no one in the U.S. was selling them. I was looking to buy a new horn because I had been using school instruments up to that point and was graduating soon. I tried a colleague's Crest and was really impressed with her instrument. The Crest was the same price as a Fox 601 (about $16,500), and although I think the Fox is a great instrument, I still prefer the greater flexibility in tone that a Heckel seems to have. I don’t think I could be happier with any other horn.
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