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Son of woodwind instrument maker Christian
Hinkeldei Snr (1847-1914) who founded the family workshop in 1872. Thomas worked as an instrument maker until the War, after which he was only an instrument dealer and did some work for accordion makers at home. On his death the workshop passed to his son Carl (1924-1971).
The Hinkeldei workshop specialised in flutes and recorders as well as simple shawms. Their recorders were made only in c'', d'', a' and f'. As well as all-wooden instruments some were made with plastic head-joints. They also made six-holed pipes with or without keys and with or without a windcap.
The workshop worked for the firm of G.H. Hüller in Schöneck and collaborated with the Jahn family in Zwota. Some Hinkeldei instruments are signed HARO, a brand name not yet associated with any specific Vogtland dealer.
Thalheimer (2013: 58-59)
Instruments from the Hinkeldei workshop
Adler & Co. (Sonora)
Son of Gottlob Adler (1825-1900). In 1885, Oscar Adler (1862-1922) founded a company for the manufacture of woodwind instruments. Until 18934, the firms' main office was in his father's house where the company belonging to his brother Robert Oswald Adler (1863 -1946) had also been based since 1891. In 1896 he was joined by his brother-in-law, string maker Herman Fürchtegott Jordan (1854-1908) and in 1900 their partnership was renamed "Deutsche Holzblassinstrumentenfabrik Oscar Adler & Co." After Jordan's death, Oscar Adler left the company and started a small firm named Franz O. Adler which operated until c.1932. The range of instruments produced included flutes, csakans, flageolets and reed instruments. When Martin Kehr began to make the Harlan recorders in 1926, these were added to the Oscar Adler range, modeled on instruments by Kehr/Harlan whose exterior design was largely copied. Production was directed by the co-owner of the firm Karl Friederich Jordan, who probably also sold Adler recorders under his own name. The Adler workshop also sold unsigned instruments to wholesalers who marked them with their own stamp (Thalheimer 2013: 52-53).
Oscar Adler produced recorders with plastic head-joints made of "Acolit" with an ebonite block and wooden lower joints. The firm also sold recorders with semitone keys, as well as six-holed pipes with semitone keys.
Son of brasswind maker Carl Louis Schwabe (1866-1947). He trained with his uncle, woodwind maker Hermann
(called Alois) Schwabe (1868-1945) and worked for the firm of Gebrüder Mönnig in Markneukirchen who also made recorders. In 1923 he was registered as an "accordion maker", living in his father's house in Zwota.
Recorders made by Max
Great Britain (England, United Kingdom, GB, UK)
Lasocki (2012: 68) notes that after William Lowen Senior died in 1654, his widow Mary took an apprentice, John Goddard, in 1657.
Instruments by Goddard
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