Barcelona Music Museum

The Vidal bassoon

Andrés Vidal bassoon (Barcelona), 1850-1900. © Gabriel Serra

Andrés Vidal bassoon (Barcelona), 1850-1900. © Gabriel Serra

Besides Adolphe Sax in Belgium, Andrés Vidal in Barcelona experimented with the creation of a metal bassoon, a double-reed traditionally woodwind instrument with a deep, low sound. While Vidal’s instrument, preserved in the Museum, proved to be perfectly viable, problems with patents cut its future short.

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