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Wilhelm Heckel GmbH

General Managers
Angelika Lucchetta, Ralf Reiter

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District Court of Wiesbaden HRB 5891

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DE 113888105

  • Stettiner Str. 7, 65203 Wiesbaden
  • 0611 - 6 61 82
  • mail@heckel.de

© 2018 Wilhelm Heckel GmbH.
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We are always available to answer any queries, requests and orders. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail or by phone.




  • Stettiner Str. 7, 65203 Wiesbaden
  • 0611 - 6 61 82
  • mail@heckel.de

Instrument evaluation

Instrument evaluation

Do you own an old Heckel instrument and want to know more about it? Using the serial number we can provide you with information about the age of your instrument. We also examine the general condition of your Heckel instrument. We also check both the condition of the surface finish, the inner bore and mechanisms. This means we can also provide you with an estimate for the necessary repairs immediately.

Maintenance and care

The longevity of your Heckel instrument and the playability of more than a century is a matter close to our hearts. This labour of love requires regular maintenance and care of your instrument. You can individually select from a variety of maintenance work for your Heckel instrument from us. For a general overhaul, we offer the following services:

  • Disassembly of the instrument
  • Control of the bore
  • Cleaning the instrument
  • Checking the mechanisms
  • Adjustment of the keywork
  • Control and, if necessary, sealing of the U-tube
  • Padding and corking of keys
  • Control of the spring
  • Cleaning the S-bocal
  • Final test

There is also the option for us to polish and galvanise the instrument parts. Here, the instrument is completely repainted or galvanised.

Repair Service

Heckel instruments are built to last. Should your instrument be damaged by accident, we offer you a first-class repair service in our production facility in Wiesbaden-Biebrich.

When using our repair service, you can be sure that your Heckel instrument will be repaired by passionate and experienced people using only parts from Heckel. Thus, you can ensure your instrument will still be playable in more than 100 years and will always remain an original Heckel. Our repair work not only includes the elimination of instrument damage, but also the replacement of individual instrument parts and adjustments to the mechanisms.

Heckel Bassoon

Heckel Bassoon

The Heckel bassoon is characterised by its tonal fineness, timbre and register fidelity, which is due to careful selection of the best woods which are dried naturally for more than 12 years. The symbiosis of centuries-old craftsmanship and the latest work techniques ensures decades of playability for this bassoon. We offer our customers the possibility to choose from a variety of additional mechanisms and customisations to meet their wishes and requirements, so that each of our bassoons becomes unique.

Heckel Contrabassoon

The Heckel contrabassoon is distinguished by a noble, sonorous tone that sounds one octave lower than the bassoon. Thanks to its three-joint design, it can be played with the same fingering as the bassoon.

Even with the Heckel contrabassoon, our customers have the opportunity to customise their instrument to adapt it to their own preferences and requirements. Thus, our customers can choose from a variety of additional mechanisms, making each Heckel contrabassoon unique.

Heckel Contrabassoon

Heckelphone

Heckelphone

The idea of the heckelphone, introduced in 1904, goes back to Richard Wagner, who in 1879, during a visit to Wilhelm Heckel, longed for an instrument that sounded an octave lower than the oboe, and at the same time possessed the soft and powerful sound of the Alpenhorn.

The was due, in particular, to its bore length and spherical bell, also called love foot, the heckelphone produces a sonorous tone, while retaining its soft and lovely sound.

S-Bocals

We offer our customers a diverse selection of S-bocals for their bassoon, contrabassoon and heckelphone. Our continuous development work in the field of S-bocals has led to a wide range of different alloys, diameters, diapasons, lengths and galvanisations. This wide variety of S-bocal types offers our customers the opportunity to find the right S-bocal for their every need and every occasion. In particular, the acoustic problem areas of an instrument that cannot be fixed directly by means of tone hole change can be minimised, or even eliminated completely, by the choice of a suitable S-bocal.

Since every single S-bocal sounds individual, we always recommend our customers to play the same type of S-bocal sample.

Further information on the Heckel S-bocals can be found in our S-bocal description.

S-Bocals

Today

To this day, Wilhelm Heckel GmbH is a family owned company. The wealth of experience of Almen­räder and the Heckel family – combined with the latest acoustic and technical knowledge – still forms the basis of our musical instrument production. Our passionate and experienced staff are largely responsible for the quality of Heckel instruments. They manu­facture our instru­ments with great attention to detail and the greatest com­mitment which is true to the motto of Wilhelm Heckel: “In art, the best is good enough”.

And then

Heckel is one of the oldest wooden instrument making workshops. The company founder, Johann Adam Heckel, was born in Adorf in Vogtland in 1812 and learned the craft of instrument making from an early age. Around 1830 he met Carl Almenräder, who was a musician at the Duke of Nassau Court in Biebrich. In 1831, they founded the J. A. Heckel and Carl Almenräder bassoon factory.

After the retirement of Almenräder, Johann Adam Heckel continued to lead the company alone, until he was later joined by his son, Wilhelm, under the name Wilhelm Heckel Biebrich. In addition to bassoons and contrabassoons, Heckel produced many other woodwind instruments such as clarinets, clarinas, oboes, flutes, basset horns (alto clarinet) and English horns. The active contact with the composer Rich- ard Wagner gave Wilhelm Heckel the inspiration for the construction of the heckelphone, one of his most successful developments, which is still produced. Since then, innumerable further inventions in the field of woodwind instruments characterise our company history.

Heckel Family in 1900
August Heckel, Wilhelm Hermann Heckel, Wilhelm Heckel, Emma Heckel, Elsa Heckel
Company building 1885
Workshop 1937

Become part of the Heckel family!

At this point, we would like to let some employees speak on behalf of our entire workforce.

Training

Since 1831 we have trained new woodwind instrument makers. They receive highly qualified, craftsman training at a traditional company that has existed for over 180 years and receives the highest recognition world­wide.

The training period is 3 years and is divided into practical training and theoretical les­sons. The practical part of the training takes place at our production facility in Wiesbaden-Biebrich, the theoretical les­sons are held over several weeks of block lessons at the Oscar-Walcker-School in Ludwigsburg in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The training is completed with the final Journeyman’s examination.

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Information

Professional Education
Woodwind instrument maker (M/F)

Beginning
1st September every year

Requirements

  • An artisan’s skill and passion for working with wood and metal
  • Ability to work accurately and precisely
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A particular level of school certificate is not required
  • Even playing the bassoon is not required

Application Documents
· Letter of application
· Curriculum Vitae
· Testimonies

Deadline
Application forms should be received by us by the end of June each year. Received Applications can be sent to us in writing or submitted by email.

If you are interested, we look forward to receiving your application. Please send your application docu- ments by post to:

Wilhelm Heckel GmbH
Stettiner Str. 7, 65203 Wiesbaden
or by Email at: mail@heckel.de

Job Offer

Woodwind Instrument Maker (M/F)

We are always looking for motivated and dedicated woodwind instrument makers (M/F) for the production of our high-quality woodwind instruments at our production site in Wiesbaden-Biebrich. Our usual working hours are 36 hours per week. In addition, our employees receive 28 vacation days a year, as well as a holiday and Christmas bonus.

Become part of Heckel and bring your expertise and skills to our company. Ideally, you will have completed training as a woodwind instrument maker, as well as having a passion for craftsmanship and music.

Are you motivated and able to work in a team, and would you like to use and develop your skills in wood­wind instru­ment making? Then you are exactly right for us! We offer you the opportunity to become part of a family business that is more than 180 years old and has worldwide renown. In addition to intensive training, you will receive individual training opportunities and attractive remuneration. If you are interested in becoming part of Heckel, we look forward to receiving your application.

Please send your application documents by post to:

Wilhelm Heckel GmbH
Stettiner Str. 7, 65203 Wiesbaden
or by Email at: mail@heckel.de

Welcome to Heckel

For over 180 years Heckel has combined tradition and modernity in their construction of the highest quality woodwind instruments.

180 years of family tradition

To this day, Wilhelm Heckel GmbH is a family owned company. The wealth of experience of Almenräder and the Heckel family – combined with the latest acoustic and technical knowledge – still forms the basis of our musical instrument production. Learn more

Workshop around 1937.

Become part of the Heckel family

We are always looking for motivated and dedicated woodwind instrument makers (M/F) for the production of our high quality woodwind instruments at our production site in Wiesbaden-Biebrich.
Learn more

Our instruments

Heckel Bassoon

The Heckel bassoon is characterised by its tonal fineness, timbre and register fidelity, which is due to careful selection of the best woods which are dried naturally for more than 12 years.

Heckel contrabassoon

The Heckel contrabassoon is distinguished by a noble, sonorous tone that sounds one octave lower than the bassoon. Thanks to its three-joint design, it can be played with the same fingering as the bassoon.

Heckelphone

The idea of the heckelphone, introduced in 1904, goes back to Richard Wagner, who in 1879, during a visit to Wilhelm Heckel, longed for an instrument that sounded an octave lower than the oboe, and at the same time possessed the soft and powerful sound of the Alpenhorn.

S-Bocals

The continuous development work of S-bocals has led to a wide range of different alloys, diameters, diapasons, lengths and galvanisations. Therefore there's a right S-bocal for every need and occasion.

Service

Our instrument service is always available for you. Whether for instrument assessment, maintenance or repairs: With us, your Heckel instrument is always in the best of hands.

Contact us

We are always available for any queries, requests and orders. Please feel free to contact us by mail or by phone.




  • Stettiner Str. 7, 65203 Wiesbaden
  • 0611 - 66182
  • mail@heckel.de
Portrait of Wilhelm Heckel, the founder's son of Johann Adam Heckel. A photo of a Tristan Shawn Richard Wagner's positive commentary about the newly constructed Contrabassoon.

Chronicle

Portrait of Wilhelm Heckel, the founder's son of Johann Adam Heckel.

People

Here you can find out more about the people who played a leading role in our company, from the founders to the current management.

A photo of a Tristan Shawn

Instruments

Here you can find out more about the different instruments that have been manufactured by Heckel.

Richard Wagner's positive commentary about the newly constructed Contrabassoon.

Events

Here you can find out more about the most important events that have taken place in the course of our company history.