Topic: Fox Model II bassoons from the 1990's
I am a long time bassoonist but new to IDRS. I am looking forward to being a part of this community, Now down to business. I am currently looking into switching bassoon models. I am partial to the sound concept of Fox bassoons and have owned several different models (240, 92' 201, 93' 601, 03' 660) and currently have a 201 from 2005. I have been toying with the idea of changing to a model II as I have heard several players who perform on these bassoons and have loved the tone. I do not have the funds to buy a new model II and so am looking at model II bassoons from the 1990's.
Can any of you who are familiar or currently play on a bassoon from this vintage share your experiences and thoughts on how these instruments perform as principle and second bassoons in semi-professional orchestras? I am based in Europe and so am limited in my ability to arrange trials for instruments located in the US.