Heckel Model 41i Bassoon SN 3920 Formerly Property of Archie Camden EXCELLENT

$ 9,999

1 piece in stock.

Brand~Heckel,Instrument Type~Bassoons,Sale Eligible

Here is an amazing Heckel bassoon. 

Serial number is 3920, making this one of the earlier Heckel instruments, made in the early 20th century according to Heckel. This is a long bore instrument, and while the sound is not as robust as Heckel's later instruments, it has a beautiful supple sound that is ideal for chamber music or 19th century historical performance. 

The whisper key is an obvious addition to the instrument, and it appears to have been added before they had really figured the whole whisper key thing out, as it works the opposite way that a modern whisper key does (opening the key when depressed). According to our professional bassoonist, it can also function somewhat as a high D facilitator key. This instrument has just had a full repad in our shop and plays very well.

This instrument was once the property of bassoon virtuoso Archie Camden. Included in the sale of this instrument is a handwritten receipt and letter by Archie Camden regarding the sale of this instrument to its next owner for the sum of 135 British pounds (an awful lot of money back in the 1950s) as well as documentation regarding its date of manufacture from Heckel researched by the new owner. I am not certain but I believe this might be the bassoon pictured on the cover of Mr. Camden's album 'Bassoon Concertos'. In any case it is a fine instrument that awaits a new home. Includes a Heckel 1B bocal with a whisper key of the same style that Mr. Camden can be seen playing in numerous historical photographs.

Provenance: The Robert Howe collection. Dr. Robert Howe is a well known researcher and historian of woodwind instruments and spent a lifetime collecting rare and unique instruments. We are privileged to offer instruments from this collection for sale.

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We want you to be happy and satisfied with your purchase, and we offer an unconditional 30 day return policy. If you are unhappy with your item for any reason, just return it for a full refund or full credit towards an exchange. (Reeds and other consumables are non-returnable once opened.)

We warranty every item we sell to be free of mechanical defects. If you find an issue with your purchase, please contact us. We will either reimburse you to have any minor repairs completed by your local repair shop, or we will send you a label to cover all return postage charges so that we can either repair your instrument, exchange your instrument, or issue you a refund for your instrument. We stand behind our products, and we truly want you to be happy.

Please note that if you simply change your mind about purchase of an item - if you find that it's just not the one for you - you are still entitled to a full refund. We never charge a restocking fee; however, you will be responsible for the expense involved in shipping the item back to us. Upon receipt of your return, our technicians will go over the instrument to ensure everything is in the same condition in which it was sold, and then your refund will be proceed directly, no questions asked. 

BRAND NEW ITEMS are covered by the full manufacturer’s warranty. Please check individual makers for terms and conditions.

OPEN BOX ITEMS include a two-year warranty serviced through our in-house repair shop. We guarantee that every instrument we sell is free of mechanical defects.

PLEASE NOTE: Warranty does not cover the following:

  1. Damage, deterioration or malfunction resulting from accident, negligence, misuse, abuse, operation or failure to follow instructions according to the Owner’s Manual for this product
  2. Any unit which has been altered or on which the serial number has been defaced, modified or removed
  3. Normal wear and any periodic maintenance
  4. Deterioration due to perspiration, corrosive atmosphere or other external causes such as extremes in temperature or humidity
  5. Lacquer or plating finish wear
  6. Springs, pads and felt parts  

USED/VINTAGE ITEMS include a one-year warranty with the same exclusions as above.


    Contact customerservice@brassandwinds.com attaching photos of the affected item, so that we we may determine the best course of action:
    (For larger repairs) Receive a free mailing label to send the instrument back to us for repair. We will address any technical problems in our shop and send you back your horn free of charge.
    (For small repairs) Bring your instrument to a trusted local shop for a quote, and we will reimburse you their nominal shop fee to fix it at their location.