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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 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.

Carl Rath,


“The Nobel bassoon played better than any other student instrument out there, especially in this price range. The keywork is durable and accessible for a young player; the tone is full and rich, and the intonation is excellent.”

Tracy Leenman graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (magna cum laude) 1977, and a Master of Music in Music Education in 1983. She did coursework towards a Ph.D. at Eastman. She studied bassoon with Daniel Smith, who is a renowned performer & recording artist in both the classical & jazz bassoon genres. Tracy has taught 35+ years privately, and in public and private schools, as well as at Greenville County's Fine Arts Center. Currently working for Pecknel Music Company, in Greenville, South Carolina, she serves on the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Executive Board as the Music Industry Representative, and as Chairman of the SC Coalition for Music Education. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD). Mrs. Leenman is principal bassoon in the Palmetto Concert Band, and performs with the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tracy Leenman,


“Beautiful dark sound, lots of power, great intonation and comfortable key-work . . . these are the characteristics of the Nobel bassoon. Just an amazing instrument at an amazing price! ”

Krasimir Ivanov is now in his fifth season as the Principal Bassoon for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. A native of Bulgaria, he began studying piano at the age of six and the bassoon at twelve. At 18 he made his debut as a soloist with the Pleven Philharmonic performing the Weber Bassoon Concerto. While attending the prestigious Bulgarian Music Conservatory in Sofia, he won the Principal Bassoon position at the Bulgarian Radio Orchestra. In 1992, he accepted the principal position in the Orquestra Sinfonica de Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Mr. Ivanov holds a Master of Music Degree for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. Currently he teaches at The College of Saint Rose, Colgate University and Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and performs in Bulgaria, Italy, France Brazil, Mexico and the USA, . . . not to mention Carnegie Hall!

Krasimir Ivanov,

Nobel Instruments