Piccolo – BÜRGER, Julius Max


Category Flutes
Maker BÜRGER, Julius Max
Marks and inscriptions Angel with trumpet
Five-pointed star within flower/leaf
Period 1830-1900
Place of origin Strasbourg
Description Six-keyed cocuswood piccolo with nicklel/German silver mounts and keys
Materials Cocuswood , nickel/German silver
Dimensions Total length 322 mm
Sounding length 274 mm
Weight 105 g
Weight with case 210 g
Condition Working condition
Accessories Case
Price (€) €360.00
Ref 1014


Piccolo – BÜRGER, Julius Max

This six-keyed piccolo was made by the renowned Strasbourg-based instrument maker Julius Max BÜRGER (1844?-after 1921). His company became one the of the most important European instrument makers of the late Romantic period. He was famous for being the manufacturer of instruments for great orchestras of the time, including those of Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner.
He completed 12 years as an apprentice and journeyman in several workshops across Europe, including work in Munich for Boehm & Mendler, and went to work for ROTH (1816-1881) in 1870. They worked together as partners from 1873. Following Jean Chrétien ROTH’s death in 1881, Max BÜRGER took over the workshop in Strasbourg as his successor. It is known that he had around 10 people working for him, making brass and woodwind instruments. He continued in Strasbourg until he sold the business to the instrument maker Karl RINKEL in 1904.
This piccolo can be dated to around 1900. It is made of luscious cocuswood with six nickel/German silver keys. It features a tuning slide and plays a semi-tone above modern pitch (a=440 Hz). Therefore it is an instrument in D flat. It is in playing condition and has no visible cracks. The embouchure is unchanged.

A lovely piccolo, made by a great instrument maker!

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