Renard Artist Model 240 Bassoon

Short Bore

It’s the ultimate advanced student bassoon. Mechanically it has all the extras that any advanced student might need, including a high E key, and a whisper key lock, among other things. The short bore design provides the tone, flexibility and resonance that would otherwise be found only in professional models. Indeed, many professionals find this model well suited to their needs.

Introduced in 1994, the Renard 240 is based on the short bore design of the Fox model 201 bassoon. It features a tone quality that is more “open” than the long bore. It is voiced to permit the performer to open up and “sing” in the solo register. Its tone quality lends itself to solo performance. Frequently chosen by aspiring bassoonists, it has also been utilized in symphony orchestras around the world.

Body

Red Maple, short bore, selected for tone quality, naturally aged in our own facilities. Natural rubber linings in the wing joint and small bore of the boot joint. French bell (metal ring) is standard. Body Lock.

Finish

Acrylic Enamel

Mechanism

Nickel silver keys with silver plating. Full German system with additional high D and high E keys. Ring key for wing joint third finger hole. Rollers on F, A(flat), E(flat) D(flat); right thumb B(flat) and F(sharp) in combination with a crowned E key. B(flat) 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.

Intonation

Our bassoons are designed to be played at A:440 but can be turned higher with a combination of shorter bocals and higher pitched reeds.

Bocals

Unless otherwise requested, the Model 240 comes standard with two *CVX* bocals, #2 and #3 lengths, silver plated.

Accessories

Premium artist case with cover, neck strap, crutch, two drop swabs, seat strap.

Options

  • German Bell (White Bell Ring)
  • Corked Tenons
  • Slide Style or Rotary Style Right Hand Whisper Key Lock
  • Plateau Key, Left Hand Third Finger
  • Bassoon Palm Guard
  • Balance Hanger
  • Professional Bassoon Case and Cover
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