The most popular bassoon makers are Heckel, Püchner, Yamaha, Moosmann, Fox and Mönnig. The Heckel bassoon is considered the most famous, known for its rich sonorous tone, flexibility and great range. Heckel bassoons are also incredibly reliable and can last for decades, however, they are also expensive and hard to find. Other popular brands like Yamaha and Püchner are less expensive and easier to obtain. The cost of bassoons can vary greatly, ranging from €5,000 – €100,000 and rental options are also available.
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Bassoons are made from maple wood, typically from Europe. The wood is carefully selected and must be durable and able to be varnished and treated. The instrument is then varnished and stained, which can differ between instrument makers and lead to each instrument being unique. Bassoons have keys, which have been added over time, and are made of nickel silver, coated in sterling silver for durability and aesthetics.