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From: "David Neubauer" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000 15:54:19 -0800
Subject: Re: [CB] [Super Tuba]

The "Hoffnung" tuba seems much bigger.  Click here and go to the
bottom of the page for a picture.  Annetta (Gerhard's widow) does not
know what became of the tuba (I asked her about it last year), maybe
it is the one in London, they did live there (in London)...

David Neubauer

>   Just discovered another giant tuba on the Cerveny/Amati website at:
>  <<A HREF="">http://www.ama
> For those of you who are html link impaired, that's:
> Looks like this MIGHT be the tuba played by Gerard Hoffnung, but I haven't
> compared pictures yet. They say this one needs to be played by TWO people:
> one for valves and one for mouthpiece.
> Perhaps siamese twins would work together best!
> Cheers!
> Heliconman


Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000 19:14:44 -0500
From: "Samuel O. Andreyev, O.P.S." <>
Subject: [CB] Piccolo heckelphone

I'm interested in any information anyone might have about the piccolo
heckelphone. I think 17 of the Eb instruments were made. Does anyone
know what became of them? There must be a musician out there somewhere
who posesses one. I'm quite curious as to what the characteristics would
be of this instrument. Another question: why would Heckel have produced
such a high pitched heckelphone, when a soprano instrument in C or Bb
would likely have been more interesting and useful? With the sopranino
range covered by the piccolo, small clarinets and musette, the Eb
heckelphone hardly seems necessary.

Sam Andreyev

The Expert Press - a Toronto small press publisher
53 Morningside Avenue Toronto M6S 1C6

Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 15:10:31 EST
Subject: Re: [CB] Piccolo heckelphone

Actually, the piccolo Heckelphone was pitched in F, not Eb.  A
"Terz-Heckelphone" in Eb was part of the original line, but only one was
produced before it was discontinued.  Between 14 an 17 of the piccolos in F
were made.  The instrument was designed to function as a sopranino voiced
reed instrument that could cut through the large, late-romantic orchestras.
The piccolo Heckelphone has a very large, conical bore for it's length; just
like the slightly more common bass Heckelphone (usually called just
"Heckelphone").  This allows it to project much more than a mussette in F or
even an Eb clarinet.  I have read that it had been used in a concert to cover
some of the high trumpet parts in some Bach oratorios (remember, this was
before the invention of the piccolo trumpet).  I have also read that at least
one recording of an orchestra using this instrument has been made (I don't
remember where or of what).  Unfortunately, I have never heard of anyone
knowing where any of these 15 or so instruments are now.  I'm pretty sure one
is still at the Heckel factory in Germany (they have archived pictures of it
and the terz)  but who knows if any are still out there in playing condition.
 Anyone?  Anyone?

Jon Carreira
owner of one of the 115 basses

Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 18:13:27 EST
Subject: Re:  [CB] Piccolo heckelphone

    The piccolo heckelphone was only invented for 1 purpose as I recall, and
that was to play the shepherd's pipe part in Tristan and Isolde!
Michel  Jolivet

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