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Richard Haka (b London, 1646; d Amsterdam 1705) was the son of Thomas Hakay, later Haca, who made walking sticks in London before moving to Amsterdam around 1652. Richard’s mother Agnes returned to England in 1675. He started work as a woodwind instrument maker ca 1660. In 1676, when living in Kalverstraat, he married the 23-year-old Grietje van den Bogaert; although declaring himself at the time to be aged 30, it seems likely that he was in fact somewhat older. His nephew Coenraad Rijkel and the instrument makers Abraham van Aardenberg and Jan Steenbergen trained with him. He and Rijkel later quarrelled (q.v.). Haka lived 'In de vergulde Basfluyt' (i.e. at the sign of the guilded bass recorder) on the Spui; subsequent addresses were Singel and Keizersgracht. Haka's instruments evidently enjoyed a wide reputation; a 1700 inventory of the Medici Court in Florence lists a consort of 16 recorders by him. Today they are represented in many collections; in addition to recorders, examples of walking-stick recorder, flageolet, alto flute, shawm, altpommer, oboe, tenor oboe, deutsche schalmei and bassoon survive. Notes from Waterhouse (1988) and
Maker's mark: R·HAKA (scrolled) / (fleur-de-lys)
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