I was at a NAPBIRT seminar a few weeks ago and saw this. Oh, NAPBIRT stands for National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians. Really! The seminar was at UNC Greensboro, NC. One of the speakers was Chip Owen who is one of the main bassoon makers at Fox Bassoons. He has worked there for 50 years. The photo shows his personal contrabassoon which he made himself. I was at the seminar for two days and during that time I talked with a bunch of “repair geeks”. Some were even bigger “geeks” than me. Turns out that Chip and I had worked in the same repair shop in Libertyville, IL, Sage Band Instrument Repair, but at different times. Hey, how often do you get to see a contrabassoon.