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Schwenk & Seggelke - Workshop for hand-crafted Clarinets in Bamberg, Germany.Schwenk & Seggelke - Workshop for hand-crafted Clarinets
Obere Königstr. 15, 96052 Bamberg
Tel: 0951/22528 Fax: 0951/2082653
e-mail: info@schwenk-und-seggelke.de
Internet: www.schwenk-und-seggelke.de

Schwenk & Seggelke - Workshop for hand-crafted Clarinets in Bamberg, Germany.

Clarinet in High Ab or G - the "Picksüßes Hölzl"

The high clarinet in G or Ab was mainly used in dance-bands and popular music of the second half of the 19th century. The instrument was made famous by the clarinettist Georg Dänzer, who played with Johann and Joseph Schrammel's famous quartet in Vienna for a few years, replacing the button accordionist. The nickname "picksüßes Hölzl", literally "sickly-sweet little stick", indicates the instrument's specific tone: contrary to what its appearance might suggest, it doesn't possess (let alone exceed) the harshness of the Eb-clarinet, but has a fine, very responsive, flute-like sound.

In the 20th century, the instrument in Ab was employed in symphonic wind orchestras. It also features in large clarinet choirs to "substitute" the piccolo.

The 19th century instruments are often marked "G" but play in a modern pitched Ab. Hence we offer two sizes: an instrument in Ab for playing in historic high pitch (a=465 H) and for Ab-parts in modern pitch (a=440-445 H), and a slightly longer instrument in G to go with modern pitched string instruments.

SCHWENK & SEGGELKE offer a new concept of the historical instrument. Finger holes are placed in comfortable positions, the keywork is kept basic and ergonomic.

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