Snapshot: buillding bassoons in Ontario

Featuring craftsman Ben Bell

Ben has been building professional instruments for 25 years, producing around 100 bassoons.

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Honing his craft in the late seventies at a repair shop in Toronto, Ben has spent the past two decades studying how different woods affect the sound.

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Using local and European maple, he carefully selects all pieces from the same tree to guarantee ‘consistent resonance’.

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In 2008, he opened his workshop, Bell Bassoons, after high demand for his creations, and has since launched his own range of parts and tools.

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