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Date: 01/07/1879
Shipped to: Belgium
The oldest serialized Heckel bassoon documented in our database, as of present. Wing joint keywork original.
Date: 05/16/1879
Shipped to: Germany
Largely original condition, including wing joint keywork.
Date: 07/18/1879
Shipped to: United Kingdom
Owned by the Royal College of Music in South Kensington, London, UK. Original wing joint keywork including high D key and thumb Eb trill key above C# key,
Date: 07/18/1879
Shipped to: United Kingdom
An extremely well preserved instrument with two factory built wing joints. The longer wing joint (to the right of the long joint in-case) features a high D key and thumb Eb trill key, a "whisper key" bridge from the high C key, and is evidently built for a lower pitch than the other wing joint with simple keywork.
Date: 01/30/1880
Shipped to: Belgium
Mostly original state besides a refinish and addition of a whisper key mechanism; extra left thumb key atop the C# key opens both vents and allows easier production of D#3 and D#4.
Date: 02/28/1882
Shipped to: Unknown
In mostly original condition with visible bell stamping. Heavily tarnished plating.
Date: 04/09/1884
Shipped to: Unknown
Restored and refinished. Additional touch for LH thumb opens the low Eb key, as on french system bassoons.
Date: 06/14/1885
Shipped to: United States
Formerly part of the Richard W. and Jeannine E. Abel Musical Instrument Collection. Sold in December, 2021. An extremely well preserved early instrument, no cracks or severe damage outside of light exterior wear.
Date: 08/31/1886
Shipped to: Germany
Refinished in the late 80's. Well played with visible wear around the left hand tone holes.
Date: 08/29/1887
Shipped to: United States
Formerly part of the Richard W. and Jeannine E. Abel Musical Instrument Collection. Sold in December, 2021. Palisander wood. Much repair work made throughout to fix a number of cracks. Original Ivory bell replaced with metal.
Date: 11/30/1887
Shipped to: Unknown
A well preserved & restored instrument with modified period bocals. Modern-style options for LH3 vent, metal ring cap on the end of the long joint. Appears to still be paired with its original case.
Date: 02/18/1888
Shipped to: Sweden
Spent the majority of its years preserved in Brazil. Currently located in the United States. All original keywork with an added whisper key mechanism and crutch bracket. Filled crack in bell.
Date: 10/15/1888
Shipped to: Unknown
Notable faux-ivory style metal bell ring.
Date: 02/23/1889
Shipped to: Belgium
Little information is known on this particular instrument. Unique whisper key mechanism, unusual C# trill placement. Low D guard appears to be taken off of a Boosey & Hawkes bassoon.
Date: 02/09/1889
Shipped to: Unknown
Made with Palisander wood. Extensively restored.
Date: 07/06/1889
Shipped to: Netherlands
This Heckel is part of the former bassoon collection of Henk De Wit, Instruments & Art.
Date: 03/04/1890
Shipped to: Germany
This 3000 series Heckel is on exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museums Online (MIMO).
Date: 09/12/1890
Shipped to: Netherlands
Large patent stamp betwern RH 1 & 2. Modernized with added whisper key. Early example of a visible benchmark, marked 2
Date: 04/30/1891
Shipped to: Unknown
Back thumb bridge for C# trill key. This is an early example of a design that would later return as a seldom used factory opinion.
Date: 05/10/1892
Shipped to: Czech Republic
Bechmark 2. Unusually displaced C# trill mechanism that requires the extension of the right hand thumb.
Date: 10/12/1892
Shipped to: Germany
A well preserved instrument with a hybrid design of updated keywork, adding rollers to LH and RH little fingers without moving posts. Lined tone holes, added whisper key.
Date: 09/06/1893
Shipped to: United States
Removed RH crutch. Appears to be largely untouched.
Date: 10/28/1893
Shipped to: Netherlands
This instrument is part of the former bassoon collection of Henk De Wit, Instruments & Art.
Date: 08/01/1895
Shipped to: Czech Republic
Benchmark 4. Restored with original keywork. Period bocals.
Date: 09/23/1895
Shipped to: Germany
Added whisper key, modern low-D guard, rollers on RH/LH4. Leg rest. Sold at the 2008 IDRS Conference at BYU. Formerly played in New Zealand.
Date: 03/31/1896
Shipped to: Germany
Refinished in the early 20th century. Early rollers have been built into the existing key work out of mother of pearl, a white deposit advent of plastic. Original ivory bell ring. Keyword largely original, added body lock, crutch bracket and rotary RH w-key lock. Purchased and overhauled in 2021 by Katy Hopkins of Yahara River Woodwinds. U tube and small crack in tenon joint repaired by Robert Jordan.
Date: 05/09/1896
Shipped to: Russia
Benchmark 3. Restored and modernized.
Date: 07/18/1896
Shipped to: Jamaica
A beautifully well preserved bassoon that is in current need of restoration. The body and keywork are incredibly well preserved given this instrument's age and apparent lack of service. Vivid tiger striping for a late 3000 series of this vintage. No tenon damage.
Date: 09/19/1896
Shipped to: United States
Benchmark 4. Accompanied by a letter from Heckel detailing its history from 1985. Lyre mechanism attached to wing joint crown.
Date: 02/27/1897
Shipped to: Russia
This late 3000 series Heckel is on exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museums Online (MIMO).
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Our most frequently asked question is “Why do you often see Heckels listed for sale with serial numbers blocked out in ‘XXXX’ format?” (e.g. 6XXX, or 1213X). The destination of blurring out Heckel serial numbers is unknown, but it stems directly from online instrument sales in the late 90’s. Sellers on bassoon forums would post instruments for sale publicly while also including their home address, personal email, and other contact information. This was an era where not everyone had an email address, and some people still preferred to write physical letters with which to contact sellers. Unfortunately, a number of bassoons were stolen as a result of sellers giving away their personal information to strangers. Going forward, some forums required sellers to blur out their instruments' serial numbers to protect information which may have already been leaked.

Today, fortunately, publishing your personal instrument’s serial number is certifiably safe, and can not be traced to you in any capacity. As an extra precautionary measure, the Heckeldex still will not publish any information that suggests the current ownership or location of a particular instrument. Some consigners still prefer to list instruments simply as “-XXX” instruments to generate interest in bassoons of a particularly desirable serial number range.