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Heckelphone Reeds

The heckelphone is a double reed instrument of the oboe family, but with a wider bore and hence a heavier and more penetrating tone. It is pitched an octave below the oboe and furnished with an additional semitone taking its range down to A.[2] It was intended to provide a broad oboe-like sound in the middle register of the swollen orchestrations of the turn of the twentieth century. In the orchestral repertoire it is generally used as the bass of an oboe section incorporating the oboe and the cor anglais (English horn), filling the gap between the oboes and bassoons.

The heckelphone is approximately 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) in length, and is quite heavy: it rests on the floor, supported by a short metal peg attached to the underside of its bulbous bell. An alternate second bell, called a "muting" bell, is also available, which serves to muffle the instrument for playing in a small ensemble. This arrangement is unique among double-reed instruments. It is played with a large double reed that more closely resembles a bassoon's than an oboe's reed.

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  • RM Heckelphone Reed - Heckel Shape RM Heckelphone Reed - Rieger Shape

    RM Heckelphone Reed

    There are two styles of Heckelphone reeds. The Rieger shape is narrower and preferred by oboists over the Heckel shape which is wider in the throat and blade. Both shapes will perform, but feel different enough to be more comfortable for the performer...

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