Bassoon – STENGEL, Johann Simon
Here is a late romantic bassoon made by the Bavarian master Johann Simon STENGEL (1803-1885), who was the second generation of the STENGEL family, preceded by Johann Samuel Stengel (1771-1826) and followed by Johann Christoph Stengel (1833-1902).
We believe this bassoon was made around 1860 and with the wording BREVETÉ (patented) in French, perhaps it was made for the French market. The bassoon is crafted in rosewood and features nickel silver keys, rings and even its original crook.
The B-flat key and the G key on the boot joint have been changed, possibly a short time after the instrument was made… maybe even by Stengel himself. The G key, for example, was transformed into a double key for two holes.