The JP191 short reach C bassoon is ideal for new players with smaller hand spans who cannot manage the weight, or stretch, of a full size model. This bassoon is designed to get the player through the lower grades before a full size model is required.
The silver plated short reach mechanism allows players of a younger age to start learning the bassoon and offers durability. The maple body adds a warmer tone and a redesigned bell enhances projection and allows the bassoon to be stored in a smaller case. A playing spike and sling ring provides the opportunity to make the instrument lighter and increase playing comfort.
Having tested the new John Packer short-reach bassoon, I was delighted by its design, intonation and quality of tone - so much so that I immediately ordered 10 for use in Primary schools in Northants. Having an open hole at the top makes them an ideal stepping stone for moving on to a full-sized instrument later. The keywork is well designed, lies comfortably under a small hand and appears to be robustly constructed. They are free blowing and produce a tone comparable with instruments costing twice as much.
The JP191 is supplied in a fabric case with a large exterior pocket and small interior space for storage of accessories and sheet music. D rings allow for either backpack or shoulder straps to be used for ease of transportation. Good quality YKK zips are used on this case for increased durability.
Elliott Milum was kind enough to take time out of his busy performing schedule to review the JP range of Tubas.Read more