How many keys are on the bassoon?

In an earlier question I forgot to ask how many keys are on the bassoon as well.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Student models generally have 8 keys on the top back and 2 in front, as well as 8 keys on the bottom half (4 front and 4 back). It depends on the model. A Pro Line model would have 9 keys on the top back. So depending still on which model you are looking at, it would have 18 or 19 keys.

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  • Pam
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    1 decade ago

    It depends on the Bassoon.

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  • 1 decade ago

    From 21 keys (no high D vent key), to 22 (same as before but with a plateau key for the lt. hand ring finger, or WITH the D vent), to 23 (+ D vent and high E key), and more.

    Possible additions are high F, Ab/Bb trill and offset (right hand) Eb trill key, but the list goes on and on.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Depends on the year it was made -- read the link provided below!

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