Choosing a Bassoon
What is a "Gentleman Type"?
A "gentleman's bassoon" has a compact case
Since bassoons are such large instruments, the sections of the instrument's body are also large even when they are separated. The case that must be used to carry them also has to be large. A bassoon made with the longest section, the bass joint, split in an alternate location so that it can be carried in a more compact case is called a "Gentleman's Type" bassoon. This nickname derives from the appearance of the case, which resembles the attaché case that might be carried by a "gentleman."
Yamaha "Gentlemen's" models
A model that can be stored in an easy to carry, compact case, with a shortened bass joint and an extended bell joint.