“I had the chance to briefly audition the new Nobel bassoon recently and was very impressed with aspects of the instrument. The intonation is excellent, the sound is open and full throughout the range, and the technical capabilities are impressive. The quality of the Nobel in relation to its consumer cost is extraordinary.”Bill Ludwig,
William Ludwig is the Carruth Professor of Bassoon at Louisiana State University, Principal Bassoonist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and bassoonist with the Timm Wind Quintet. During recent summers, he has been in residence at the Brevard Music Center and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Ludwig has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the USA and Europe, including performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and with the Ars Nova Wind Quintet at the Prague Spring International Festival. He has presented recitals and master classes at many universities and colleges, including the University of Texas, University of North Texas, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory.
“The Nobel Bassoon is a fine instrument for the most serious bassoon student. At its price, it is the best value of any bassoon available.”Abe Weiss,
Abraham Weiss has been Principal Bassoonist with the Rochester Philharmonic since 1970. Mr. Weiss has taught at the Hochstein School, and he has given, and continues to give master classes at universities around the country, including Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, the State University of New York at Potsdam and Fredonia and Ithaca College.
“The Nobel bassoon is a hardly believable bargain since it has a beautiful tone and a smooth mechanism at an unbeatable price. I would take it right away for a concert if I needed another bassoon and I would strongly recommend it to any serious player.”
Mathieu Lussier is one of the most active bassoonists in North America. He is called upon to act as principal bassoon with such ensembles as Les Violons du Roy, Ensemble Arion, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Apollo’s fire. He teaches baroque bassoon at McGill University and modern bassoon at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He is also very active as a chamaber musician with the Ensemble Pentaedre of Montreal and has performed as soloist with the Lanaudiere, Orford, Ottawa, Lameque, Lles du Bic, Baie-des-Chaleurs and the Maison Trestler festivals, in addition to giving recitals in Munich and Vienna. Mathieu has several solo recordings featuring works by Telemann, Devienne, and Vivaldi. A terrific composer, his works are regularly performed in concert in Canada and US. Bassongo and Valstango for bassoon quartet have been recorded by the Toronto Caliban Quartet, of which he is a new member.
I performed a gig as Principal Bassoon using the Nobel bassoon and received great comments from the other bassoonist, as well as professional colleagues from the OKC Philharmonic. The sound projected great and the instrument was quite easy to play. I highly recommend it for Jr. & Sr. high schools looking for an instrument that will be durable enough to use in a school setting. I also recommend it for the college market. In fact, I'd recommend it for any professional bassoonist for use as a back-up instrument!Carl Rath,
Carl Rath is Associate Professor of Bassoon and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies as well as the professor of a series of courses in Popular Music Culture at the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Rath is also Principal Bassoon in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. As a guest artist, Rath has been a soloist with many bands and orchestras, performing in the U.S. and in Austria. As a chamber musician, he has enjoyed numerous celebrated performances in the U.S. and Europe, including a recital in Carnegie Recital Hall with the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet.