SCHWENK & SEGGELKE international
As a small, but internationally active manufacturer based in Bamberg, GERMANY, we have been wondering, how we would be able to provide our customers in all corners of the world with the best service possible.
Over the last couple of years, we have established strong business relationships with other workshops and their holders. By the means of regular seminars, trainings and correspondence we have been able to pass on our understanding and knowledge to our service partners. Therefore, our partners are now able to provide you with optimal consultations regarding our clarinets, as well as conduct overhauls and repairs with original replacement parts. Especially complex cases will be solved in cooperation with SCHWENK & SEGGELKE. Several workshops have a selection of our clarinets on offer for you to try out, and in some cases even buy.
Scheduling a live appointment with Jochen Seggelke is possible, as he visits our partners on a regular basis. In some instances, our above-mentioned partners are our sole representatives in their country.
DAS BLASHAUS, Luzern, Switzerland
Contact Person: Martin Suter
In 2012, when Jochen Seggelke began his collaboration with the Hochschule der Künste Bern (College of Arts in Bern) in the effort to invent a new contrabass clarinet, he met the CEO of the Blashaus Martin Suter, who has since relocated from Zug to Luzern. Martin is famous for his French bass clarinet necks and, assisted by two employees, he repairs and optimizes a variety of woodwind instruments at his workshop.
When the project ContrabassclarinetExtended arose from the previous developments of the contra bass clarinet, Martin Suter and Jochen Seggelke founded the company Clarinet Solutions GmbH. It comprised the research works of the Fachhochschule Biel (Technical College in Biel) conducted by Professor Daniel Debrunner, Hochschule der Künste Bern (College of Arts in Bern) conducted by Ernesto Molinari, the company SCHWENK & SEGGELKE and the Blashaus.
The Blashaus has since been SCHWENK & SEGGELKE’s central base in Switzerland. Their newsletter informs customers and interested musicians alike, when Jochen Seggelke will be visiting next. Clarinets by SCHWENK & SEGGELKE are available for testing and, depending on availability, immediate purchase. Martin Suter and his team can answer all questions regarding our instruments.
Jorge Olarte, Santiago Llopis Gassó
Futurtono is owned by the clarinetist Santi Llopis Gassó and the instrument maker Jorge Parrelada. The latter has been based in Benigánim, Spain, since the 1990s repairing wind instruments. For us particularly, the company is closely connected to the “Quartett Llevant” which is one of the best clarinet quartets in Spain and functions as an ambassador for our clarinets. After Jorge had been to Bamberg a couple of times and taking part in our seminars and trainings, we have collectively expanded his workshop by machines and tools of our choosing. Therefore, guaranteeing perfect manufacturing conditions and enabling Jochen Seggelke to meet all customer requirements, when he’s visiting.
The Futurtono leather pads which Jorge manufactures under his brand name SLP (Spanish leather pads), are available in two versions: either the traditional version with a felt core, or the JS gold version with a silicon core on a carbon disc. Both models have beautifully made Spanish goat’s leather exteriors, which we wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in this exceptionally high quality. Since 2015, SCHWENK & SEGGELKE has been using Futurtono’s leather pads, alongside Clarissono’s silicon pads.
The clarinetist Marta Sikora has been repairing clarinets since 2010 and was, inter alia, trained by Timo Rantanen in Finnland. Throughout her training and while still working as an educator, she focused more and more time on her craftsmanship and has been working primarily in this field since 2018. Since taking part in our seminars and trainings in Bamberg, Marta has been our professional partner for all repair works and overhauls in the region Poznan in Poland, a metropolis with 500.000 inhabitants. We are very proud of the fact that the clarinetists of Poznan’s orchestras play our instruments.
After becoming a professional saxophonist, Timo Rantanen played in the Finnish military big band and underwent further training to become an instrument repairer. After having met Jochen Seggelke in Finnland, Timo took part in the SCHWENK & SEGGELKE seminars and trainings in Bamberg. His workshop at the heart of Helsinki helps us bridge the distance between us and the many passionate musicians in Scandinavia.
Ishimori Ltd., Tokyo
Contact Person: Tomochika Ishimori
Since 1999, we have been working with the company Ishimori in Tokyo, whose owner Tomochika Ishimori has since become our friend. Ishimori-San is a certified repairer and focuses all his energy on the clarinetists playing SCHWENK & SEGGELKE instruments. In his shop in the city district of Shinjuku he displays almost our entire range of clarinet models. Orchestra clarinetists from all over Europe, on their Japan tour, know this specialty shop and appreciate its wide selection and excellent service.
We have been selling his magnificent private label “WoodStone” ligatures for many years now.
Contact Person: Mary Chang
In April 2015, Mary Chang and Desmond Fung from Hongkong attended our annual in-house fair. A few years before, they had opened a workshop focussing on clarinet repairs and sales in the metropolitan area. They are both certified clarinetists. Mary also has a degree in business administration and Desmond is a woodwind instrument repairer. Both of them offer professionally organised workshops and project days which reach as far as the southern Chinese provinces which helps us promote our clarinets and equipment.
Taiwan Trio Music
Through Taiwanese students, who had decided to purchase from us, we came in contact with the company TRIO Music in Tapei, in 2017. Mr. Chia-Yao Kuo has been to Bamberg multiple times. Trio Music’s workshop guarantees that after their long journey, our instruments are being optimally tuned and handed over to the customers in perfect condition. Also, customer wishes can be catered to much better, as the language barrier is no longer an issue.