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The bassoon is the lowest sounding and the largest of the woodwind instruments. They are made of maple wood and also of ebonite. Student sized bassoons are made of plastic resin to make the instrument more affordable. Most bassoon players need to have big hands so many students learn another instrument first. It has a double reed that is attached to the bocal which is a curved tube.

Early bassoons were called Dulcians or Curtals. The main difference from those to modern day bassoons, is that the old instruments were carved from a single piece of wood and didn’t have any keys!

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