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.