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Fox Products Corporation was founded by Hugo Fox in 1949 following his retirement from the Chicago Symphony (1922 - 1949). The company was built on the family farm in South Whitley, Indiana and the first bassoon was completed in 1951.

The first full production year saw the completion of 12 bassoons. Bassoon and oboe reeds were also included in the product line and by the end of the 1950's the company was producing 60 instruments a year, 5000 bassoon reeds and 10,000 oboe reeds.

Due to Hugo Fox's failing health, his son Alan took over managing the company while his father continued to supervise the assembly and tuning of the instruments until 1964 when he was no longer able. Hugo Fox passed away in 1969.

During the 1960's the company began hiring competent, technically skilled people to make the instruments along with training other employees in reed making. The company continued to grow with the introduction of the Fox contrabassoon in 1970, and the "Renard" line of bassoons in 1971.

The company expanded into the the production of oboes in 1974 with the introduction of the Renard 330. English horns were introduced in 1999 along with significant improvements in the workmanship and acoustics of Fox professional oboes and further strides were made in the development of the professional level bassoon.

Alan Fox continues to manage the company assisted by a strong technical and artistic staff. His daughter, Karen, and son-in-law, Larry Festa, now own major positions in the company and they are dedicated to its long term continuation.

Fox Products Corporation supplies a broad base of bassoonists around the world and an increasing number of oboists in North America. The company's level of quality is quickly becoming a standard in the production of double reed instruments.