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date: 14 November 2019


  • Nikolaj Tarasov


German family of recorder and flute makers. Joachim Paetzold (b Liegnitz, Silesia, 19 Jan 1921; d Tübingen, Germany, 20 May 2012) served a preliminary apprenticeship as a furniture and cabinet maker from 1936 to 1940. After military service and expulsion from his native country, he moved to northern Germany, where he worked first as a carpenter and from 1946 at the recorder workshop of Heinz Rössler in Heide. In 1949 he moved to South Germany and worked mainly for the luthier Ernst Stieber in Tübingen, for whom he made an exclusive series of woodwind instruments and notably recorders, of which the basses in f and c enjoyed a high reputation. In 1961 Paetzold opened his own one-man workshop in Tübingen and launched production of transverse flutes, school recorders, and professional recorders in various sizes from sopranino in f″ to tenor in c′. Paetzold refined recorder concepts developed during the 1930s and 1940s in Eastern Germany and primarily made instruments after his own designs. In ...

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