I bought an old Vinzenz PŁchner bassoon 10 or so years ago in Prague at the time my daughter was learning to play.
Although I dabbled with it on and off, I have been doing more with it recently.
Is there anyone who can help with information about this instrument? It has no whisper key, no high D key, no rubber lining, no rollers, as well as the mark V PŁchner Graslitz, there is a number 3 embossed on the bell and on the boot.
The instrument has obviously been extensively used, the keys and pads (probably replaced) all function well.
There is a strange key above the Bb thumb key on the boot joint, that could be for some trills. The wood is very dark and the instrument is a lot lighter than my daughter's Schreiber.
I would particularly like to know if there are any special fingering for this instrument. Unfortunately, I am a very inexpert player, so it is difficult to assess the instrument. I suspect it is a bit harder to play than a modern instrument.
Vinzenz PŁchner started in 1897. What does the '3' mean? Surely this cannot be the third instrument made?