in 2008, the "Heimat und Keramik Museum" (Museum of local history and ceramics) in Kandern discovered a box full of unidentified wind instruments and other relics. They called me to identify these and I was astounded to recognize two almost complete historic basset horns (from around 1830) as well as parts of a clarinet d'amore and more. These are extremely rare and valuable instruments and we two original festival organizers immediately started our mission of getting the basset horns restored and made playable again. We succeeded in this and organized Basset Horn Festivals with participants from all over Europe, America and Japan. After the first festival, the mayor of Kandern called to tell me that further clarinet instruments had been discovered. These were two 5-keyed boxwood clarinets from the early 19th century and two bass clarinets from around 1860. All four instruments are completely extant down to the mouthpieces and even one ligature and reed! For more information see: http://bassetti-paletti.de/News.html
We need to get these instruments restored and made playable too! So it is our goal to raise enough money to convince the city to finance the rest. We have added another capable member to our organization team and we all work in an honorary capacity. It's worth it just to be able to hear these wonderful instruments!
Risks and challenges
We have considered the basic moral issue of restoring and actually playing historic instruments. We have the greatest respect for the surviving substance and wish to conserve it for future generations. For this reason we strictly adhere to the rule that the restored instruments are only to be played for maximal 10 minutes a day and only in the period before concerts. They are not taken anywhere but Kandern. So if you want to here them, come to the festival!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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