The contrabassoon as we know it today is nearly the same design first developed by Heckel in the mid 19th century. It was a short design process too, done at the request of Wagner for his immediate needs.
What would happen if you were to take the concept of a modern bassoon, and modern acoustical research and technology, and re-design from the ground up a new contrabassoon? The goal would be to solve acoustical problems of inconsistency in intonation and tone color, put the tone holes all facing in the same direction (towards the audience) and point the bell up for the best possible projection, modernize the keywork design with ergonomics in mind, and make the range to low A a standard. The result is the Contraforte, the new instrument designed and coproduced by Guntram Wolf and Benedikt Eppelsheim (the designer of world renowned saxophones like the Tubax and the Sopraillo).
- Compact design
- Very comfortable and ergonomic keywork
- Properly located register keys allowing for 4+ octaves of playable range with simple fingerings
- Highest quality German materials and craftsmanship
Midwest Musical Imports is proud to be the first dealer in the United States to offer this instrument to American bassoonists.
Lewis Lipnick of the National Symphony Orchestra is now advocating for the instrument, and no longer plays a traditional contrabassoon. He recently performed the Aho concerto for contrabassoon (it was written for him) in Helsinki, Finland, and gave an interview demonstrating and talking about the instrument.
We are the number one supplier of Puchner bassoons in the US. We currently have the model 4000, 5000 Antique, and 6000 Antique in stock and available for trial.
Puchner bassoons have been used by many of the recent winners of the IDRS young artist competitions. Congratulations to:
Katarzyna Zdybel, first prize 2012 in Oxford, OH (model 6000)
Axel Benoit, first prize Young Artist Competition 2011 in Tempe, AZ (model 6000)
Sophie Dartigalongue, second prize 2010 in Norman, OK (model 5000 Antique)
Rodion Tolmachev, first prize 2008 in Provo, UT (model 5000)
Visit this page for more information on each model. Call Jessica or Trent at 1-800-926-5587 for more information or to set up a trial.
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