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David Carroll

“The Nobel wood composite bassoon continues to fascinate me, and I can’t seem to leave it alone. I’m more impressed every day. The instrument has a very rich, warm tone and a really good scale. My niece may have to wait a while before I give it up! I felt right at home on it almost immediately and I’ve never played anything better for the price. I always played a black 10000 Series Heckel, and the Nobel is the best-looking instrument I’ve ever had. I’ve never had a backup bassoon I really like - I’ve had a second Heckel, a Fox, and a Schreiber, but could never quite get myself to play any of them on the job. I’m looking forward to trying out the Nobel the next chance I get!”

David Carroll has a long and storied career both as a player and teacher. He has served as Associate Principal Bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic, Principal Bassoonist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bassoonist of the Boston Ballet Company, and Principal Bassoonist of the Boston Opera Company. He was on faculty for the Canadian Opera Company, the Julliard School of Music, and University of Toronto. He was also a Carnegie Mellon University Fulbright Scholar, winner of the Paris Prize, and a member of the Geneva International Competition. He was also a member of the famous Bubonic Bassoon Quartet. His influence stretches into bassoon studios across North America, where his students continue his tradition of excellence in the classroom and on stage.

David Carroll,


“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.”

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.

Bill Ludwig,


“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.”

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.

Abe Weiss,


“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.


Mathieu Lussier,

Nobel Instruments