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If you're interested in an instrument with the physical stature to match its powerful sound, look no further than the bassoon. Its appearance is handsome, big and dramatic - and the tone it makes could be described the same way. You can think of the bassoon as a big brother of the clarinet, delivering a rich voice that's one of the cornerstones of any orchestra. Bassoons aren't limited to only concert halls and orchestra pits, either: with just about every genre of music becoming more and more diverse, there's plenty of opportunity for bassoons to make their mark on styles from folk to pop or even rock. It all depends on how adventurous you want to be!

For the beginning bassoonist, there are lots of entry-level models here to choose from. For instance, the Allora AABN-141 Student Series Bassoon is an affordable instrument that delivers the high degree of tonal accuracy you need in order to learn the intricacies of this classical instrument. If you're an advanced player, on the other hand, you'll probably be more interested in options like the Fox Model 660 Professional Bassoon. Made with only the best materials and designed to excel in all performance scenarios, these pro-level instruments are the go-to choices for orchestras all over the world.

But maybe a standard bassoon isn't really what you're looking for. In that case, don't fret - there's a perfect instrument for a bassoonist looking to make his or her mark in a unique way: the contrabassoon. Even larger and deeper-voiced than a standard bassoon, this design allows the woodwind section to achieve an even richer, fuller sound than traditional bassoons alone. If you're adding the contrabassoon as an alternative instrument, consider the Amati ABN36 Contrabassoon. For primary play, the Fox Contrabassoon may be the way to go. Of course, the choice is ultimately yours to make.

Since the bassoon is a double reed instrument, you'll have a few perks to enjoy along with its characteristic sound. There's the opportunity to custom-make your own reeds, for example. And with the long history standing behind the bassoon, it has a wealth of repertoire available to choose from. It also means that there are tons of parts written for it in a broad range or orchestral compositions, so if there's one thing you can count on with the bassoon, it's that you'll never be bored!