What is a Heckelphone

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  1. Steve

    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    What is a Heckelphone

    what key(s) is it in?
    Does it mock you while playing ?

    link with pics please for us uninformed :D
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Re: What is a Hecklephone

    I *think* the WF staff is slowly trying to get me to become the exotic double-reeds Content Expert. Strange, because all I know about PLAYING double reeds is that I suck on oboe.

    I'll try to post something in a bit. I know a bit about 'em because of my research on the Conn-O-Sax.
     
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    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Re: What is a Hecklephone

    I was actually okay on oboe .. tonal-wise when i tried one eons ago. Just completely unable to navigate the keywork Everytime i think i want one I go to the local store and pick one up and try to spread my fingers and press the keywork .... ain't gonna happen
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Re: What is a Hecklephone

    The Heckelphone Celebrates 80 Years
    The Heckelphone Celebrates 100 Years
    A Visit to the Heckel Bassoon Factory
    An Interview of Heckel Staff
    Heckelphone Gathering
    Contrabass.com Article (pics, MP3s, serials)
    A Renaissance for Hecklephone
    MP3 of the Hindemith Heckelphone Trio (sample)
    My old Saxpics.com article on the Conn-O-Sax, which is patterned after the Heckelphone.

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    I might clean all this up, later. FWIW, several companies including Heckel (obviously), SML, Rampone & Cazzani and Lorée made these horns.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Re: What is a Hecklephone

    Original Heckelphones from Peter Hurd, of the North American Heckelphone Society.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Re: What is a Hecklephone

    Oh. Looks like Heckelphones were available in both high and low pitch -- at least the original ones. Wouldn't you hate it if you spent a lifetime trying to find one of these $35,000 instruments (that's how much they are, new) and find that you can't play it in your ensemble because it's tuned to A=457hz?

    Repairs: http://www.jents.com/repairs-rare.htm
     
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    love to learn

    I would love to learn to play the heckelphone! I play the oboe and when i was searcihng them the heckelphone showed up! :-D
     
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    Wow!
    Pete, that is the most comprehensive answer to a question I've ever seen.
     
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    SOTSDO Old King Log Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Anything touching no matter how lightly on Richard Wagner requires nothing less.

    Too bad we can't get into the bass trumpet and just what actually is a "tuba"...
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks, Randy. I appreciate that.
     
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    ... and I thought it to be something that made crow sounds
     
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    A heckelphone in repose

    Here's a heckelphone, for anyone unsure of the appearance:

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    Let's see ... the Heckelphone was developed because Wagner wanted a baritone voice in the wind section. Then someone made a piccolo Heckelphone. The history of musical instrument development in a nutshell. :emoji_rolling_eyes:
     
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    Heckelphone Double Reed CE Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Heckel's progeny

    Yes, the heckelphone was designed to fill Wagner's need for a more robust tenor woodwind voice. The piccolo heckelphone, AFAIK was wholly Heckel's idea: a fairly wide-bore sopranino double reed instrument to drown out the piccolo flute and Eb clarinet :emoji_rage:

    The piccolo heckelphone is pitched in F, a fourth above the oboe. There was also a (as in just one) terz heckelphone, pitched in Eb, a minor third above the oboe. Fewer than 20 piccolo heckelphones were made, most of which are now in museums and not played.

    A few years ago, Heckel (the company) mentioned that it was considering reintroducing the piccolo heckelphone. The announcement was greeted with quite a bit of interest, although rumor has it that this all subsided rapidly due to the price that was forecast... :???: (equivalent to the full size heckelphone)
     
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    +1. An impressive tribute to the quality of this forum

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