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Bassoon maker

Ben Bell is one of the premium bassoon makers in the world and is located in southern Ontario. Without any formal training, he learned to play the bassoon at age 14 and later taught himself everything about bassoon making. In the wood storage at his studio are pieces of European and Canadian maple, but the Canadian variety offers denser tonal characteristics for the bassoons he makes. It takes about 10 years for the wood to fully cure and all four pieces required for each instrument are carefully selected from the same tree. This guarantees consistent resonance throughout the instrument. “There’s no room for error, only room for criticism,” said Ben Bell.