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Heckelphone #4995

According to Edith Reiter's 2014 book this instrument was completed on 1 December 1991 and originally sold to a buyer in Italy.

Howe & Hurd (2004) describe heckelphone #4995 as a model 36 voll cons. It appears to be equipped with a bocal made by noted oboe maker, Thomas Hiniker of Rochester (MN), USA.

As of 2020, heckelphone #4995 is located in San Francisco (CA), USA, owned by the San Francisco Symphony.

How this heckelphone made it from Italy to San Francisco remains unclear.

Heckelphone #4995 in action (2020), played by James Button, Associate Principal Oboe of the San Franciso Symphony:


To provide further details on the history of this instrument, please contact me at heckelphone@gmx.net.