18. April 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Traditional bassoons don’t fit easily under airplane seats, so in the 1960s some makers took a saw to the longest joint of the bassoon and glued the cut-off piece to the bell. (I’m not making this up!) This rearranged design is called a “Gentleman’s Cut” and it allows the bassoon to fit into a shorter case. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a gentleman, or especially ladylike, to play the bassoon; you just need good thumbs.

-Christopher Millard (RTWT)


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