Heckel Bassoon 7864
Truly one-of-a-kind Heckel, produced for Thom de Klerk, First Solo Bassoonist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1935-1966.
After de Klerk's passing, it was acquired by a colleague, and I've been the 3rd owner since 2007. To honor de Klerk, the 2nd owner had a series of plaques with their two names on it, one for each joint, but only one remains, and I had Keith Bowen place it on the bell joint. Completely overhauled and refinished, wood and metal, by Keith Bowen, and has been stored for a number of years. Silver Tone Hole inserts placed by Jim Keyes in 2016. Of note is the fact that either de Klerk or the second owner had "sculpted" out parts of the wood, for whatever their reasoning, perhaps to customize the sound (?), and I had Keith fill in these missing pieces during his refinishing. This is such a sweet sounding and comfortable Heckel to play.
This is a true piece of bassoon history.
Midlothian (Richmond), Virginia 23113