One of the finest instruments for the advancing student bassonoist.
The Renard Artist Model 240 Bassoon is the ultimate advanced student bassoon. It features all of the mechanical extras that any advanced student might need, including a high E key, and a whisper key lock. The short bore design provides the tone, flexibility and resonance that would otherwise be found only in professional models. In fact, many professionals find this model well suited to their needs either as a touring bassoon or a fallback instrument in case of sudden failure on the part of their primary instrument.
The Renard 240 is based on the short bore design of the Fox model 201 bassoon. It features a tone quality that is more œopen than the long bore. It is voiced to permit the performer to open up and œsing in the solo register, which is why since its introduction in 1994, it has been a director's choice of bassoons oriented toward solo performance. Frequently chosen by aspiring bassoonists, it has also been utilized in symphony orchestras around the world.
The Renard 240 is constructed of red maple with a short bore that has been selected for tone quality and naturally aged in Fox/Renard's own facilities. Natural rubber linings in the wing joint and small bore of the boot joint, body lock and a French bell (metal ring) are standard. This instrument is finished in acrylic enamel.
Mechanical details include nickel silver keys with silver plating, in a Full German system with additional high D and high E keys, ring key for wing joint third finger hole, and rollers on F, Ab, Eb, Db; right thumb Bb and F# in combination with a crowned E key. It also features a Bb guard. Metal tubes extending into the bore in the finger holes of the wing and boot joints to prevent water from entering the tone holes. Spring posts locked with screws.
Two professional bocals are included. The standard bocals will include #2 and #3 lengths, *CVX* bore, silver plated. A-440 tuning plus or minus one cent. The design is very flexible and may be used as high as A-443. Comes with premium artist case with case cover, neck strap, crutch, two drop swabs, seat strap. Additionally, within one year, the instrument may be returned to the factory for fine tuning, acoustical adjustment, and mechanical servicing, with costs limited to freight and parts.