Sunday, April 29, 2012

The PdK Eichentopf, first half of the 18th C.

This post is the sixth in a series under the tag "Baroque Bassoon". Click here to see all of the posts under this tag.

The PdK/Eichentopf
An instrument which has been in high demand for the past few years, the waiting list for the Peter de Koningh Eichentopf has been a long one. Though few baroque bassoons have survived in good condition, the two J.H. Eichentopf instruments in Nuremberg and Prague have weathered the ages better than most. Interestingly, a few have mentioned to me that the two originals "weren't that great", but the copy produced from the workshop in Hall shows no sign of any possible defects in the originals.

The instrument's walls are quite thick which give it a bit more of the 'cannon' feel common to those trying new Heckel instruments. This instrument, like the HKICW and Prudent, also features an 'innie' low Eb key.

This instrument is probably the most recognizable as the original has been copied by many makers. Also, this particular model is used heavily by one of the most visible bassoonists, Sergio Azzolini. This video features him and Ensemble L'aura soave in a performance of the Fasch Sonata in C Major.

*Since June 2012 this has been my primary instrument.
The 'innie' low Eb key

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