Topic: Bassoon tenor range pitch

Hi all
I play on a Heckel 12K series bassoon with either a CC2 or a VCC1 Heckel bocal. For many years I have been frustrated with the pitch of the B and C just above staff. Both notes tend to be flat compared to the rest of the scale of the instrument (D is also a little flat, but that is to be expected). The B and C in the staff also lean flat but are easier to adjust. Anyone have any thought?
Mike

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Re: Bassoon tenor range pitch

I bet the 2nd finger tone hole could be opened with little negative consequence. If that makes the G4 sharp, the g ring key tone hole could be made smaller. I'm guessing high Ab and A wouldn't be too much harmed.

Not sure how that would effect something like stability of C# in the staff, for instance. I'd give someone like Paul Nordby, Jim Kirker, or Jimmy Keyes a call and talk about it with them.

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

Re: Bassoon tenor range pitch

Thanks Trent. I will do as you suggest.
The biggest problem is with the C. It is consistently low regardless of the bocal that is used.
PS: I hope you're enjoying your new job!!

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