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What's a Heckel?
Heckelphone, the inspiration for the Conn-O-Sax. Heckel Clarina and Heckelphone Clarinet are a few of the interesting Heckel instruments.
Heckelphones are fairly uncommon, but are still available for sale. Peter Hurd has one for $30,000. Conn-O-Sax prices generally start around $30K and end up around $40K, but people have tried to sell for $100K. I think all of the Heckel Clarina ads I've ever seen were in the form of, "I have no idea what this is," and end up selling in the $1K range because of that. I think their scarcity is probably deserving of a much higher value. I'd strongly doubt you'll ever find a Heckelphone Clarinet outside a German museum (nice pics there, BTW, and a more full print of the Heckel lineup).
New Heckel bassoons are generally $40K to $50K and used ones are all over the map, depending on the year, wood, fingering, etc. and can be as expensive as new ones. Even the bocals can go for good $.
Just looking at a Heckel history website, looks like they started production in 1831 and started using serial numbers in 1877. They've only built about 16,000 instruments, total. That's about 115 horns per year ... and they have a waiting list. I think I read that they put a serial number on a project then age the wood for 12 years.
I really like it and I will eventually buy one. What I really like is that it has built in sounds. I have a WX5. I like to play at night while we are watching TV. I have to unhook the thing and take it and the module into the living room. I wish it had a built in sound even if it was just one. I also just bought a thing called a FM7 Midiwind. Made by a company called Innovations. Does anybody know anything about it? I can't find anything.I like the idea of an electronic woodwind instrument because I would be able to practice without disturbing anyone. But that is WAY too expensive!
My Google-Fu is strong. Website on Archive.org. That's the last update. In 2002, someone else owned the domain. You might also want to check out http://www.patchmanmusic.com/WindControllerFAQ.html.I also just bought a thing called a FM7 Midiwind. Made by a company called Innovations. Does anybody know anything about it? I can't find anything.