Instrument Spotlight: Fox Renard 260

January 20th, 2015 by

Fox Renard 260

Introduced in 2013, the new Fox Renard “Artist” Bassoon model 260 is a semi-professional, thick-walled, short bore instrument. The same bore design of the model 660 provides great power, stability, and a deep “baritone” quality of sound, but at a much lower price point than fully professional models. The  body is made of Red maple, selected for tone quality, a rubber lining in the boot and wing joint. This is a great choice for college level performance majors, or an advanced avocational player that is looking for more than what student models might offer, but still stay under a professional model budget.Mechanically the 260 will be very familiar for those of you comfortable on the other Renard Artist models the 220 and 240. The 260 is a full German system with high D and E keys. Right hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, Ab, Eb, Db, right thumb Bb and F#, in combination with a crowned E key. Bb guard. Metal tubes extending into the bore in the finger holes of the wing joint and boot joint to prevent water from entering the tone holes. Professional U-tube and brass tenon cap on the wing joint, string wrapped tenons. We’ve convince Fox to allow us to add one further professional option on the 260, so we receive these instruments with a high A bridge with roller, an option now standard on all Fox professional bassoons. Fox does not allow for any further keywork upgrades to this model aside from different whisper lock options and the addition of a balance hanger. We can upgrade any stock 260 with these options in our own repair shop for an additional fee.

The 260 comes in a newly designed backpack case, neck strap, seat strap, crutch, 2 microfiber swabs, polishing cloth and two of the professional level Double Star “R2” CTC bocals. We will let you select bocals of your choice from our stock of Fox bocals if you wish.

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I definitely plan to send my oboe to the repair techs at MMI in the future. I don't think my oboe has played this well since I've purchased it!