Here is a rare opportunity to purchase an early August Richard Hammig piccolo. Hammig are renowned piccolo makers and are coveted by some of the world’s top players. Between 1906 and 1920 the brothers Philipp Hammig and August Richard Hammig started to specialize the instrument making of the Hammig workshop. First both started learning their profession in their father’s workshop, then August Richard Hammig went to Saarbrücken and Philipp Hammig to Berlin to the firm Rittershausen to study specialized flute making. Afterwards they both returned to Markneukirchen and put their skills into practice in their own workshop.
This particular piccolo is marked 137 2 and also 1941, which we believe may have been the date of manufacture. The mechanism, keys and headjoint are all made from nickel silver and the mechanism and keys show sign of age. I have known players to silver plate the keys and mechanism but we have left this as original and cleaned. The headjoint is the original metal head with ebonite lip, very common for this time. The lip is formed into a wave style and helps to focus the sound.
We have stripped the mechanism down, oiled, cleaned and then repadded in cork. The condition of the wood is excellent and the seasoned Grenadilla has aged beautifully with no cracks or repairs. It is also marked G.J.R next to 137 2 and I am not sure of this marking. Gerhard and Johannes and Richard are names associated with Hammig but I am not sure of the engraving. The piccolo plays well and holds the tone nicely. It doesn’t have the finesse of sound that a modern Hammig has, this is to be expected, but it has a lovely tone and one can always have another head made for the body. I have priced low purely on condition of the nickel silver and the metal head but this is a rare and sought-after maker.