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date: 14 November 2019

Hellen (Hehlen, Hählen, Hell)locked

  • Michael Latcham

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(Hehlen, Hählen, Hell)

Swiss makers of harpsichords and pianos. Their instruments received frequent laudatory mention by contemporaries. Johann Ludwig (b 1715/16; d Bern, Switzerland, 19 April 1781), an organist, was registered as an instrument maker in Bern in 1754. His brother, Peter (fl 1759–80), is survived by a harpsichord (D.S.lw) signed P. Hellen a Berne 1759. 12 square pianos dated between 1769 and 1780 survive, six signed Hellen, six others attributed to the firm. All have a five-octave compass F–f‴ with either a Stossmechanik or a Prellmechanik; some have beautifully decorated soundboards. Two grands survive, one signed and dated 1763 (Prellmechanik, G–e‴; F.P.cm), the other attributed to the firm (Stossmechanik, F–f‴; CH.BE.hm). Four harpsichord-pianos survive, only one signed and dated (par Hellen, 1763) and rebuilt as a piano (...

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