I have a bassoon for sale at Midwest Musical Imports. This instrument got me into California All-State bands year after year and eventually into a conservatory. I would recommend this to high school students and adult hobby players.
Heckel Contrabassoon #388 is for sale at Midwest Musical Imports.
The serial number dates this instrument to 1924, and in my experience older Heckel contras have a sweet focused sound.
The LA bassoonist Abe Weiss was featured on the TV show “How It’s Made” making a bassoon reed!
A few years ago I made my first Contraforte reed case out of tupperware, that case is a little beat up now so I made a new one. This is made from an acrylic box from The Container Store, some thick foam and duco cement. I drilled holes on both sides for air circulation, but I mostly keep my reed cases open when at home.
This case is for Contraforte reeds, but now I’m thinking about making a bassoon reed case. All together this was almost $15 which is still cheaper than the commercially available options.
The Royal Opera produced a segment with Joyce DiDonato interviewing Dame Janet Baker. They talk to many aspects of informed performance and the relationship to an audience.