- Rudolf Hopfner
Austrian firm of woodwind instrument makers . Its founder, Johann Joseph Ziegler (b Komorn [now Komárom], Hungary, 1795; d Vienna, March 10, 1858 ), was granted a privilege to trade in Vienna in 1821. He made all kinds of woodwind instruments for orchestral use, as well as the csakan, an instrument which enjoyed great regional popularity during the early 19th century. Ziegler worked on improvements to instrument design, for instance introducing metal clarinet mouthpieces. In 1837 he sold six clarinets (two in A, two in B and two in C) and two bassoons to the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle. It says much for the efficiency of his firm and the quality of its instruments that it could meet extremely large orders: in 1845 Ziegler apparently supplied instruments to the bands of 30 Austrian regiments, and he had a flourishing export business. After Ziegler's death the firm was continued by his son Johann Baptist (...