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date: 15 November 2019

Pask, John locked

  • Jolyon Fearnley


(fl London, England, 1841–71). English wind instrument maker, inventor, and dealer. He was listed in 1841 as ‘Flute maker’ and living over his shop; he later diversified into brasses, including horns, trumpets, and cornets à piston. His flutes show skilled metalworking, but the diversity of brasses he offered by 1843 suggests that he purchased at least some. In 1844 he marketed ‘Koenig’s Galop Horn’ (a straight post horn), and he entered into partnership with the player Hermann Koenig from 1849 to 1851. A boxwood and ivory clarinet and a possibly earlier but more advanced Sax-style clarinet, both bearing the mark of Pask & Koenig, are probably French imports. By 1851 Pask was living away from the shop and employing 12 men. From 1850 to 1855 he provided accommodation for G. Besson’s ‘maison à Londres’.

At the London Great Exhibition in 1851 Pask showed (sax)horns with valves, a french horn, valve and slide trombones, an ophicleide, a four-valve euphonion, various cornets à piston, metal clarinets of a new design, military drums, and flutes on a new system, possibly the ‘Ribas’ Improved’ model; he was awarded a medal for workmanship for ‘clarionets and brass instruments’. Pask was among the first brass makers to use serial numbers. A surviving cornet à pistons with Périnet valves bears the serial number 2826 and a saxhorn with ‘Berliner pumpen’ valves is numbered 3183....

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