Johann Poerschman (c. 1680-1757)

A four-keyed instrument reconstructed from the two surviving bassoons by this Leipzig maker and player. Poerschman was the workshop master to both C.A. Grenser and J.F. Grundmann, and was first bassoonist in the Leipzig “Grosse Concert-Gesellschaft”.​ He shared a house and workshop with M. Hoffmann, the lute maker who was J.S. Bach’s close friend, and was also friendly with C. Gleditsch, Bach’s favoured oboe player.
The reconstruction is a sophisticated instrument with a strong tone and vocal character. The cross fingerings work well, including a good low Eb, while the high range is free-speaking and expressive.