Bass clarinet – MAINO & ORSI

This lovely bass clarinet is crafted in grenadilla and nickel silver. This bass clarinet was made by Maino & Orsi. It is a simple (Albert) system clarinet with two independent speakers. The company Maino & Orsi was the fruit of a collaboration and partnership between Paolo MAINO (?-1881) and Romeo ORSI...

Clarinet – BOCK, G

This antique B-flat clarinet was made around the beginning of the nineteenth century in Alfeld, which lies on the Leine river in Lower Saxony, Germany. The literature (Hart in the Langwill index) tells us that G. Bock’s instruments were similar to those produced by the STREITWOLF workshop in Gottingen. So, G....

Alto clarinet – V. KOHLERT’S SÖHNE

This E-flat alto clarinet is made of grenadilla wood and has nickel silver keys and rings. Its total length is 810 mm, including the mouthpiece. It was made by V. Kohlert’s Söhne, Graslitz and this is stamped on the upper joint. The Kohlert company was founded in 1840 by Vincenz Ferarius...

Fife – JORDAN, James

This antique boxwood fife was made by James JORDAN (1807/8-1852). James Jordan was born in Ireland. At some point, he travelled to Liverpool. He started a new life in England. He was listed as a musical instrument maker and woodwind dealer from around 1830. James Jordan was also an inventor....

Flute – UEBEL, Gerhard Rudolf

This amazing Boehm-system vintage aluminium flute was manufactured by Gerhard Rudolf UEBEL (1915-1991) in Eastern Germany (GDR) in the 1960s. He was the grandson of the founder of the UEBEL company, Friedrich Gustav UEBEL (1855-1915) in Saxony, Germany. Gerhard Rudolf Uebel experimented with new materials and mechanical construction techniques and this...

The Cahusacs of London

The Cahusacs were an English family of music publishers and instrument makers. The surname hints at possible French origins yet to be proven. The number of family members was huge. There were several wives, many children and of course, quite a few Thomases. Referring to each Thomas as senior or...

Walking stick instruments

Whether you’re a rabologist or a musician, walking stick instruments are rather fascinating. Rabology is the study and/or collection of walking sticks. The walking stick collector’s market is huge and walking sticks seem not to lose their value over time. From sticks to canes Walking sticks were originally simply sticks, as the...

Brass post horn – ZIMMERMANN, Jul. Heinr.

This brass post horn was made by the Julius Heinrich ZIMMERMANN (1851-1922) company. Zimmermann was an extremely successful entrepreneur in the manufacture of musical instruments and also publishing.  He had branches of his company in St. Petersburg, Moscow, London, Riga and Leipzig. This particular instrument is stamped ‘LEIPZIG’, where he set up his...

Silver flute – LEIBL, Ernst Robert

Here we have a jewel of silver flutes… which is also extremely rare! It was made by Ernst Robert LEIBL (1871-1957), who took over the famous Boehm & Mendler workshop in 1903. He continued to construct his instruments in exactly the same manner. It is estimated that LEIBL only made around 100...

Oboe – Gebrüder ALEXANDER

This oboe was made by the company Gebrüder Alexander, based in Mainz, Germany. The company was first established way back in 1782 as a small workshop by Franz Ambros ALEXANDER (1753-1802). When Franz Ambros died, the business was carried on by his widow Katherina, and the four sons, the brothers...