Early Classical Bassoon

Early Classical Bassoon by Michael Hubbert - Photo: André Wagenzik
Description: 
Early Classical German Bassoon
Model: 
Carl August Grenser, Dresden, Germany, 1773

Around the middle of the century the pitch started to rise towards the classical era and C.A. Grenser was well know for his instruments.

The Grenser is a different story. Robin Howell, who played first bassoon with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, bought the original on one of his trips to Europe. A very fine instrument, that had all the playing characteristics of a baroque bassoon with one extra 5th key for low Eb, but on a classical pitch of 430 Hz. We commissioned Michael Hubbert, one of the most extraordinary craftsman, then working with flute builder Rod Cameron in Mendocino, to make a pair of replicas for us to safe the original from too much playing. They turned out great. I've played most Mozart operas on it and with a second wing joint I also play it at modern pitch.

Early Classical Bassoon by Michael Hubbert - Photo: André Wagenzik
Early Classical Bassoon by Michael Hubbert - Photo: André Wagenzik