Refined bore design, including down-bore and finger holes lined with ebonite. Sounding a 5th higher than full-size bassoon.
Latest model includes additional keywork: automatic F-F# link on butt, rollers on F-G#, whisper touch (full whisper mechanism available as option).
Weight of standard student bassoon (Howarth Academy): 3.2kg
Weight of Howarth Mini-Bassoon: 1.05Kg
Click here for an article about how successful they can be with younger students. (Opens in a new window or tab in your main browser, not this popup window!)
And here's a video of the instruments in action! (For the full effect you will need to listen through to the end, there are two halves to the video, sort of 'before-and-after'.)