The Howarth Academy Student Short Reach Bassoon is based on our standard Academy student model. It has an adapted key mechanism to suit players with smaller hands.
Main product description
The Howarth Academy Student short reach bassoon is based on Howarth’s flagship bassoon. It is ideal for younger students and those with smaller hands, due to its adapted key mechanism. It has a stable full-textured and rich tone.
Howarth’s bassoons are manufactured in Germany from matured smooth mountain maple wood from the Bosnia, where the climate makes for extremely dense wood.
The Howarth Academy Student short reach bassoon has its wing thumb key touches extended in length to reduce the reach for the left thumb, key touches for Eb & C# on the long joint repositioned for greater comfort, 4 rollers from F to Ab for the right-hand little finger, and C# to Eb for the left-hand little finger, and no Bb for the right hand 3rd finger. The bore of the wing and both sides of the boot joint are lined for extra protection. All of the finger holes are lined in hard rubber. All the key work is silver-plated.
Howarth supplies all of its bassoons with a Tutti Fagotti case, EM reed case for three reeds, sling, silk pull-throughs, La Tromba cork grease and one Moosmann P2W crook.
- Extended wing thumb key touches
- Eb & C# key touches on long joint repositioned
- 4 rollers
- No Bb for R/H 3rd Finger
- Lined rubber finger holes
- Lined wing and boot joint
- 1 Moosmann P2W crook
- Silver-plated key work
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.