F.A.Heckel Article

Discussion in 'Vintage Trumpets / Cornets' started by BrassBandMajor, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

    Jan 13, 2015
    Last year, I shared an article regarding F.A.Heckel.
    The blog I had it on was destructed and I lost the article.
    Thanks to a 3 days worth of chit-chat with a weebly staff.
    I quickly transferred the article (and edited and added more pictures) to my 2016 wordpress site.
    So here it is, so if any questions on Heckel this should really solve it all.

  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    There are a couple of things missing in the blog, but it is generally very good.

    Heckel had the big "Kranz" for his standard german customers. In Vienna, they had a smaller Kranz as shown in David Guerriers Hummel concerto.

    One of my trumpet teachers was solo trumpet in the Gewandhaus Orchestra until the mid 50's. He had a couple of Heckel Bb and a C. He told many stories about the Heckel shop. They would order brass plate and Heckel himself would hammer the plate thinner (driving his wife crazy). He called it "verdichten" which means compressing/condensing. I was told that when he burnished the hand hammered bells, it would be in one direction only to move material where he wanted it. The bell needed the crown because the material was very thin at the edge. This was something that also applied to a natural trumpet.

    The valve specialist back then seems to be an artisan Mr. Wagner. When the Gewandhaus players had valve issues, they went to him.
  3. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

    Jan 13, 2015
    Ahh, I shall add that later in the day. Now I am doing something else. :-)

    Thank you for that!
  4. trumpetera

    trumpetera Pianissimo User

    Jan 5, 2006
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Great reading! Thanks!

    In my youth, I owned a Heckel Bb for about 45 minutes. Bought it from an old trumpet player from south of Gothenburg, only to be convinced to sell it to a fellow trumpeter in our local bar.

    Not all deals are thought through.....
  5. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

    Jan 13, 2015
    No problem! I am happy to hear it helped someone. My research was around 9 months, searching through German Ebay, Japanese Heckel Manias and etc. Took a while, translations from german websites. I believe there are two main Heckel manias in the world now, one who is German and one who is Japanese. Impressive collections, the Japanese guys only collects genuine Heckels and a few Windisch and Scherzer Augsburg (Hes got the Eb, G and all sorts by Heckel) and the German guy has a bunch of Heckel copies(Schopper, Barth and etc) and one really early Heckel.

    Lesson learnt: never do deal in a bar. :-)

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