- James B. Kopp
(b Heidenheim, Germany, March 16, 1944). German maker of early wind instruments. He played the flute from age 11. In 1961 he passed the journeyman’s examination as a precision mechanic and worked until 1965 in industry (for Carl Zeiss, Telefunken/AEG, and ELDATA). He passed the Abitur in 1971 and from 1973 to 1980 studied systematic musicology and Germanic linguistics at the Technische Universität Berlin under Carl Dahlhaus and Fritz Winckel. In 1973 he met Günther Körber, who had a workshop making early woodwinds in Berlin-Steglitz. Beck made tools for Körber, for whom he worked intermittently, and ran Körber’s workshop for a six-month period before establishing his own workshop in Berlin-Charlottenburg in 1977. He began by making Baroque flutes and later made a wide range of wind instruments from the Renaissance (serpents, shawms, rackets, crumhorns, cornamuses, recorders, mirlitons, and transverse flutes) and Baroque eras (oboes, oboes d’amore, oboes da caccia, recorders, chalumeaux, clarinets, clarinets d’amour, and cornettos)....