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    great to see the bassoon generating so much interest!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    yes, mostly retired by now - have played professionally for 45+years, 40 as principal of one orchestra or another.
    Congratulations on achieving, or mostly achieving, retirement. My cousin's son is at the other end, as a young freelance professional bassoonist living in Europe. Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymoy View Post
    Does anyone here play the bassoon? I am thinking of learning, but I note there are a few different 'models' i guess 'fingering methods'. Is there a popular model I could look out for (to hire / buy)?
    the German [Heckel] system is by far the most popular, and it is virtually certain that any bassoon you find in the US will be a German system...The French [Buffet] system is the other "model" - has fallen out of use to a large degree....different instrument, different fingerings, different sound....see if you can latch onto a used Fox student model....good instruments....reeds are a major issue - but you can probably find a commercial reed maker that provides quality reeds....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluteman View Post
    Congratulations on achieving, or mostly achieving, retirement. My cousin's son is at the other end, as a young freelance professional bassoonist living in Europe. Any advice?
    Good luck to him!! take every gig.....allow yourself to be heard, even if the pay is not so great, and the conductor is a jerk. There will be musicians in these orchestras that contract, or know contractors, and your name will get passed around as somebody who is competent, dependable and takes care of business.....whatever the gig - practice, prepare your part, and cooperate fully with the principal and the section. if the principal player is totally lame, can't blow his/her nose - doesn't matter, support your principal,play your part, be a positive, supportive section member.
    practice diligently and intelligently, be ready to take any gig on a moment's notice....you never know....

    For my own recent activities - played an all-Mozart concert with a small chamber orchestra/choral group - great music - Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Symphony #39 [hadn't played it in years, since just post-student days]...what a blast - #39 has a great bassoon part - felt great to really nail it every time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Good luck to him!! take every gig.....allow yourself to be heard, even if the pay is not so great, and the conductor is a jerk. There will be musicians in these orchestras that contract, or know contractors, and your name will get passed around as somebody who is competent, dependable and takes care of business.....whatever the gig - practice, prepare your part, and cooperate fully with the principal and the section. if the principal player is totally lame, can't blow his/her nose - doesn't matter, support your principal,play your part, be a positive, supportive section member.
    practice diligently and intelligently, be ready to take any gig on a moment's notice....you never know....

    For my own recent activities - played an all-Mozart concert with a small chamber orchestra/choral group - great music - Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Symphony #39 [hadn't played it in years, since just post-student days]...what a blast - #39 has a great bassoon part - felt great to really nail it every time!!
    Thank you, I passed your post along in its entirety.

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