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Posted by Wai Kit Leung on May 13, 2016, 5:13 amEdited by board administrator May 13, 2016, 6:07 am
Maurice Allard's bassoon tone was bright not because of microphone placement, but because he was playing on the French-system bassoon by Buffet-Crampon, which was the predominant type in the UK before the 1930s. The French-system bassoon has been replaced by the German-system except in parts of France, Belgium and Luxembourg and very small parts of Brazil. Maurice Allard was the greatest French-system bassonist, and possibly the greatest bassoonist, of the 20th century. Part of his bright sound had to do with the very hard reeds he played on. His successor and former student Gilbert Audin plays with a distinctly darker sound.
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