||The company Wilhelm Heckel GmbH, founded in 1831 in Wiesbaden,
is without doubt one of the oldest workshops for the construction of woodwind-instruments.
In those times the founder of the company, Johann Adam Heckel, supervised the production
of music instruments of the company Schott in Mainz. There he got to know the musician of
the Court of the Dukes of Nassau in Biebrich, Karl Almenräder, with whom he founded the
company "ALMENRÄDER und Heckel" in 1831.
||After the death of Almenräder, Johann Adam Heckel was managing the
company on his own for the time being and in later times he continued running the company
together with his son Wilhelm Heckel. The lively contact with Richard Wagner, who was
working in those times in Biebrich on his opus "Meistersinger" gave Heckel the
impulse to develop the Heckelphon which is still demanded nowadays. Since then the history
of our company has been characterised by innumerable inventions in the sector of woodwind
Johann Adam Heckel was appointed instrument manufacturer of the Court of the Dukes
of Nassau in 1845. After his death in 1887, his son Wilhelm Hermann Heckel continued
running the company under the name "WILHELM HECKEL BIEBRICH".
In those days, the production range of the house Heckel comprised, apart from the
bassoons, contrabassoons and Heckelphones also other woodwind instruments such as
clarinets, clarins, Heckelphon-clarinets, basset horns, saxophones, flutes, oboes, oboae
dŽamores and English horns.