Eichentopf, Johann Heinrich
- Phillip T. Young
(b ?Stolberg, Harz, Germany, 1678; d Leipzig, Germany, March 30, 1769). German instrument maker. He possibly trained with Andreas Bauer(mann) (1636–1717) in Leipzig. Documented there in 1707 as a demobilized solider, he was described at his wedding in the Thomaskirche in 1710 as ‘Instrumentalischer Pfeiffenmacher’. He appears in Leipzig directory listings from 1717 to 1757, although he retired in 1749. His woodwinds are well made and of handsome design, presumably reflecting the taste and requirements of Leipzig in Bach’s time. Tradition has it that J.S. Bach first suggested to Eichentopf the curved tenor oboe with flared bell (i.e. oboe da caccia); a surviving example (DK.K.m) is dated 1724. Eichentopf also produced brass instruments and was apparently a dealer in string instruments. Bach’s close friend, the luthier Johann Christian Hoffmann, was godfather to Eichentopf’s daughter Johanna Christina. Other godparents to Eichentopf’s children were the brass instrument maker Christoph Stephan Scheinhardt (...