Clarinet in C

Hermann Wrede British

Not on view

Hermann Wrede, who was obviously of German origin, was listed as "Mus. Wind Inst. Mkr." from 1811 and from 1837 also as "Mus. Wind Inst. & Pfte. & Importer". The firm had the address at 15th St John’s square, Clerkenwell, between 1814 and 1829. (Waterhouse, NLI, 436)

Overall size: 585
Bore: c-hole 13.4; f-hole 13.4
Conical part: 110

Technical description: Boxwood with ivory ferrules and brass keywork. Six pieces: mouthpiece, barrel, upper section, middle section for the fingers of the right hand, lower section with keys, bell. Long tenon ebony mouthpiece grooved for cord. English-style flask shaped barrel. Square wooden rings strengthened with pins. Speaker liner projects almost to the centre of the bore. Levers for L4, tone-hole and key for R4 mounted in a bell-shaped swelling. Zig-zag F♯3/C♯5 lever guided in a rudiment of a square wooden ring. Bevelled G♯3/E♭5 touchpiece.

L0:   T; speaker.
L1:   T; throat A♮.
L2:   T.
L3:   T.
L4:   E3/B♮4; F♯3/C♯5.
R1:   T.
R2:   T.
R3:   T.
R4:   T; G♯3/E♭5.

Keyhead type: flat square.
Keymount type: Turned wooden rings, swelling.
Inscribed on all pieces except for unstamped mouthpiece "H. WREDE / LONDON"; on bell unicorn head / H. WREDE / 15 / ST JOHNS . SQUARE / CLERKENWELL / LONDON / C"
(Heike Fricke, 2014)

Clarinet in C, Hermann Wrede, Boxwood, ivory, brass, British

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