The Howarth Mini-Bassoon PLUS+ is the perfect instrument to get children started on their journey with the bassoon.
Main product description
The Mini-Bassoon PLUS+ is a smaller version of the standard bassoon, with almost identical key work. This allows children to get started on an instrument normally first played by older children and prevents them from being less musically developed than their musician peers.
Howarth’s children’s bassoons are manufactured in Germany from mountain maple that has been matured over many years, finished with a durable matt-finish synthetic lacquer. All the finger holes have ebonite liners that extend into the bore. The body is fabricated using CNC equipment, designed for maximum precision and consistency in the production process.
The Mini-Bassoon PLUS+ is an instrument in G, which means that it sounds a fifth higher than a full-size bassoon. It is sometimes referred to as a Quintfagott. It features ebonite-lined bores and finger holes, a roller from F to Ab for the right-hand little finger and a whisper key. The instrument weighs just under a third of a full-size Howarth bassoon. The flat springs, axles and pointed screws are all made of stainless steel for maximum longevity and value. All the key work is silver-plated.
Howarth supplies all of its children’s bassoons with a mini case, hand rest, sling, silk cleaning mops, cork grease and crook.
- Instrument in G - sounds a fifth higher
- Matured mountain maple
- Durable matt-finish synthetic lacquer
- Lined bore and finger holes
- Whisper key
- Silver plated keys
- F-Ab roller
- Stainless steel flat springs, axles and pointed screws
- Mini case
Howarth of London first came into existence in 1948 when Thomas Howarth, George Ingram and Frederick Mooney united to form the company. All three had already been involved in woodwind instrument manufacture and repair for many years and had indeed met each other while working as technicians at Boosey & Hawkes. After developing patterns and tooling for the manufacture of their own oboes, in 1948, the firm manufactured its first oboe, with the serial number 1001, and this sold to Edward Selwyn, principal oboist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Howarth & Co. began to flourish and quickly established a reputation for manufacturing fine quality instruments. Despite economic difficulties in post-war Britain, the company flourished. In 1968 the company’s premises was redeveloped and found a new home on Chiltern Street where the company remains today.
This instrument comes with a 1 Year Warranty from Howarth of London, and a free 'Guarantee Checkover' from our Repair Workshop before the warranty expires.