Fox has been manufacturing distinctive double-reed musical instruments for more than 60 years, serving thousands of musicians during that time. Founder Hugo Fox, principal bassoonist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1922 to 1949, started his company in South Whitley, Indiana, during the summer of 1949. The first Fox bassoon was completed in November 1951. By the end of that first production year, Fox had delivered a dozen bassoons.
As early as the 1930s, Hugo Fox was manufacturing bassoon reeds. By the 1950s, he added oboe reeds to the Fox product line as well. Additional machinery and tools led to the expansion of bassoon production. By the end of the ‘50s, Fox output reached 60 bassoons, 5,000 bassoon reeds, and 10,000 oboe reeds annually.
During the 1960s, the Fox company began hiring skilled technicians to make their instruments and training employees in quality double-reed instrument manufacturing. The Fox company survived Hugo Fox’s death in 1969, went on to introduce a contrabassoon in 1970, and created the Renard bassoon line in 1971.
In 1974 Fox expanded into oboe manufacturing, introducing the Fox Renard 330 oboe. Since that time Fox has introduced four English horn models and made significant improvements in the acoustics and workmanship of all Fox professional oboes, as well as making further strides in developing the professional bassoon.
Throughout its history, Fox has been receptive to modifying its instruments to suit the needs and tastes of its customers. Fox supplies a broad base of musicians around the world with oboes and bassoons as well as offering some of the finest contrabassoons and English horns in the world.
Woodwind & Brasswind is proud to offer high-quality Fox instruments for musicians from professional to beginner. All Fox instruments and music accessories ship internationally and are backed by The Woodwind & Brasswind’s 110% Price Guarantee, assuring that you won’t find Fox musical instruments at a lower price anywhere else.