Fox Model 460 Bassoon

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The Fox Model 460 marks the entry point into professional Fox bassoons. It is a true intermediate instrument, meant as a step-up model from the 240.

Fox professional model bassoons emphasize workmanship and consistency. They feature easy response, great intonation, and a warm sonorous tone quality. Fox bassoons boast a variety of options for wood, key work, and bocals. Their customization options are unmatched by most other makers. Fox bassoons are the instruments of choice for many leading American symphony players. Plus, their quality and craftsmanship is unrivaled in the US.

Because of its unique position in Fox's product line, the model 460 does not feature the same level of customization as most other Fox professional-line bassoons. It's body is Red Maple along with key work with silver-plating, like all other Fox bassoons. The 460 is patterned after the 660, a thick-wall, short bore design. As a result, this instrument allows for easy projection and great resonance. Intended as an intermediate instrument between the 240 and the rest of the professional bassoon line, this instrument is a great option for a college player looking to make a step up from the Renards.

460 Additional Features

The 460 comes fully equipped with professional key work. This includes high D and E keys, as well as a whisper key lock. Rollers are also included on the little finger keys for both hands, as well as rollers for the right thumb for Bb and F#. Additionally, the 460 features whisper-A bridge, and a rotary whisper key lock. The speaker tubes also come lined with silver instead of nickel silver.

Unique among the professional models, the 460 is compact-cut only. As a further departure from the Renards, it also features a German bill ring (imitation ivory).


Although limited, the 460 has several custom key options: Ab-Bb trill, Left hand Eb Trill, and Right Hand Eb Trill. 460's ordered by MMI may have custom features. Ask our bassoon specialists about what is available!

Balance hangers are also optional add-ons, and MMI's repair shop can install them in under a half hour.

The 460, as with the professional models, comes with a Fox B2 and B3 bocal. Additionally, it comes in a compact Marcus Bonna case.

This instrument is ideal for advanced college student! Call a bassoon specialist today to learn about our trial process.

All Fox bassoons come with a wooden hand rest, seat strap, neck strap, swabs, and a polishing cloth. Additionally, we offer a 2-year, 1-service adjustment warranty with purchase. Please inquire for more details about our warranty policy.

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