IDRS 2013 Interview – Peter Wolf of Wolf bassoons

September 6th, 2013 by

Peter graciously took some time out of the usually hectic conference to speak with bassoon specialist Trent Jacobs about Wolf bassoon design philosophy, and new innovations from his firm in Kronach, Germany. For more information on Wolf bassoons and bocals call or email Trent or Jessica.

Video Transcript:

Trent: “Hi, this is Trent Jacobs at Midwest Musical Imports. I’m here with Peter Wolf of the Wolf Bassoon Company.  Peter, could you tell us a little bit about how you make your instruments?  You do something a little different than other manufacturers, I believe, yes?”

Peter: “Hi, yes, I would not say, I think every kind of bassoons are made in a very similar style, all the works on it.  We have one advantage I would say, we came not over a hundred years old tradition, we come more from the side, and that’s the reason why we do some things a little different. Like we start very early with, for example, with milling machine, or, I don’t know, C and C technology to reproduce very exactly the parts of a bassoon.  Works like this make, it’s the process after the, making a body, the other works on it much easier, much more exact that way.”

Trent:  “Yeah.  Instead of using reamers and tools that you have to make, that create the bore, you tell the computer what, or you can, you’re more flexible?”

Peter:  “It makes you more flexible, but not with all works on a bassoon.  I would say bore is a special thing, and normally you make the bore in the traditional way, and the traditional way is normally you use reamers for the long joint and bow, and for parts of the foot.  Sorry, yeah.”

Trent:  “Okay, and now this year, you’ve been making bassoons out of different woods than other different manufacturers, the Birdseye maple instrument, and you make a bassoon of yew, but now you have a new bassoon, the Redline.  Can you tell us what’s different about the Redline from your previous offerings?”

Peter:  “The Redline is now a new series from us where change a little bit the treatment of the wood, and additional key work on it, and the Redline LT is an instrument which is very new to the music fair in Frankfurt; we represent it the first time.  It’s a lightweight instrument with a very light mechanic on it.  The wood is the same, like the normal Redline, but the mechanic is complete made by lighter materials.”

Trent:  “Yeah, so you have carbon fiber and some kind of aluminum alloy in the key work. I wish that you could hold this bassoon, it weighs so, it weighs like an English horn.  Can you tell us what is the exact weight difference between the normal and this, do you know?  You said it’s about, that’s okay . . .”

Peter:  “I don’t know in your English or American.  In Germany, it is, you can say this one, the weight from this one is around three kilogram, and the weight of this is around two kilograms.  You see it’s a little. . .”

Trent:  “A third, one-third.”

Peter:  “. . . a third from this, because it’s very much, yeah . . .”

Trent:  “Yeah, and it may not seem like much, but when you actually hold it, it’s really quite amazing.  So, and you’ll always use the carbon fiber, or do you have, people have concerned about how you would repair such a thing if you don’t know the metal, can you say anything about how it’s, how you connected it together, how that would make . . .”

Peter:  “Good.  Normally when you use new materials that the way is different, sure, it’s normal.  All the changing in doing something, this is the normal way, I think, sure.  You can not use the traditional things for repair work now, but this is normally not a problem.  It needs for some repairment a little time, but to ask us, or I don’t know what they have to do.”

Trent:  “Yes.”

Peter:  “Normally you can not bend a mechanic, which is made from parts like carbon, because you know it’s from a tent or something, they can not broken, not really, you have to work very hard that it can broke.  And you use different kind of glues and yeah, sure, it is a little different the way of handling this instrument, but not for the player, for the player it’s the same.”

Trent:  “Yeah.”

Peter:  “The player only, the . . .”

Trent:  “It only feels . . .”

Peter: “. . . positive effects from the lightness, yeah.”

Trent:  “Feels so much lightweight.  Well, thank you very much, Peter, always innovating, with the Contraforte, and the Lupophone, and now the Redline LT, thank you very much.”

Peter:  “Yeah, thank you very much too.  You’re welcome.”

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