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date: 18 November 2019

Adler, Oscar locked

  • Janet Dickey Lein


(b Hermesgrün, Germany, Nov 9, 1862; d Markneukirchen, Germany, Dec 27, 1922). German maker of woodwind instruments. Franz Oscar Adler and his brother Robert Oswald (1865–1946) learned woodwind instrument making from their father, Johann Gottlob (1825–1900). Robert worked for Hermann Sauerhering (1841–1909) in Magdeburg before starting a company in his own name in 1891, producing woodwind instruments under the label ROA. In 1924 Robert’s son Johannes Adler (1863–1946) founded his own workshop in Markneukirchen, earning an excellent reputation for recorders.

Oscar began building a woodwind instrument factory in 1883 and founded Oscar Adler & Co. in 1885. His factory was soon enlarged and the lathes and other machinery were powered by a gasoline motor via belt drives. By 1900 it was considered the largest clarinet and flute factory in Germany. In 1901 the firm produced 21 bassoons, one contrabassoon, 54 oboes, and 10 English horns, as well as several thousand clarinets, flutes, piccolos, and the first German-made saxophones. By ...

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