Frequently Asked Questions

Why don't you display instrument prices on your web site?

While we do have a suggested list price available upon request, we market our instruments through our preferred dealers.

What bocal should I get for a school instrument?

The best bocal for a school instrument is a Fox #2 C bocal. It is relatively inexpensive and provides good results under most conditions.

What is the difference between a CVX and a CVC bocal?

CVX bocals have larger bores and are typically used on Models 201, II, III, IV, 220 and 240. CVC bocals have smaller bores and are most commonly used with Models 601 and 660.

My instrument is playing "sharp" (or "flat"); what bocal should I get to compensate for that?

Use longer bocals for instruments that tend to play sharp, and shorter bocals for instruments that tend to play flat. A bocal's length is designated by its number. The shorter the bocal, the lower the number; the longer the bocal, the higher the number.

Can I get some bocals to try out? (Bassoon or English Horn)

Yes, although we suggest you go through a dealer, as our policy is to collect deposit or credit card number on bocals before shipment.

What's the difference between your Renard oboe reed and the Artist oboe reed?

The Renard reed is used primarily in schools; whereas, the Artist reed is shipped with each instrument.

Where does your cane come from?

It is Glotin cane from France.

Does Fox Products make the reeds it uses in its instruments? 

No, our reeds are made to our specifications by various quality commercial reed companies. 

Where is the serial number on my bassoon?

It is stamped on the U-tube, beneath the boot cap. It's also written on the tenons.

Do you give factory tours?

Yes, we're proud of our facility - please call us at (260) 723-4888 or complete our online form to arrange an appointment for a visit. 

What is the advantage of registering my Fox instrument? 

While registering certainly helps our record-keeping pursuits, some good reasons to register are:

  • We receive calls regarding recovered stolen instruments & help them rejoin their owners.
  • We validate your instrument's owner and repair history. Very handy if you ever decide to sell your Fox or buy another used one! 
  • Sometimes registration cards are lost or misplaced with the delivery of a new horn from the dealer so the on-line function allows for this registration.

Register your instrument here.

What repair services are available for my Fox instrument and how much do they cost?

We have numerous repair services available for all of our instruments. For a current listing of services and prices, please contact our factory directly at (260) 723-4888.

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