It is my passion to find improvements for any historical bassoon by designing the right bocal. I play my self-made bocals on copies as well as my original bassoons and the playing qualities of my instruments improved tremendously–from more “room” in the lower register to fixing cracking issues on c-sharps, hard to attack high notes, or “helping” the instrument to play at a certain pitch.
Many professional players use my bocals on instruments made by Deruddder, De Koningh, Lyndon-Jones, Wolff, and on a variety of original instruments such as Cuvillier, Rust, Savary and others.
For information on what is possible, please get in contact. You are never obligated to buy one, even if they are especially made for you.
Bocal for the HKICW baroque bassoon by Wolf.
This bocal is a great improvement in the performance of this model baroque bassoon. It plays with slightly more resistance and speaks easier in the high register without losing the low. It is an improvement for range high c, c#, d. High a speaks much better. Reeds can be slightly shorter. I make reeds that work well that are 64mm long. Weight of the bocal ca.50 grams. The shape of the bend can be discussed and customized.
I also make bocals in different lengths for classical and baroque instruments.
I use my own model bocal for my Anciuti by Francois De Rudder, which gives me more sound and flexibility in the low range without losing out on the high register.
For classical bassoon I developed a model based on an original 18th century bocal from my collection. This can be ordered in different lengths depending on the pitch of the bassoon.
If desired, I can provide suitable reeds with the bocal.
Every bocal can be returned if not satisfied. For more information please contact me.
Comments of customers:
“…it has a beautiful tone and the high A also seems effortless.”
“Love the reed/bocal combo right off – it speaks easily through the whole range!”
“The bocal has more evenness and resistance and, to my feeling, a bigger sound.”