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Wrede Traverso 440 Hz

around 1811

Hermann Wrede, whose family had German roots, worked in London as an instrument maker and music seller from 1810 to 1857. His son Herman junior, who is referred to in 1836 as an ‘organ and umbrella maker’ in London, was probably part-owner in his father’s firm. Apart from clarinets and bassoons, it is mainly Wrede’s flutes that have survived, which even during his lifetime were sold as far afield as Australia. His flutes are distinguished by a striking design, possibly adopted from Metzler, good intonation and a very free, open sound. The model here offered dates from around 1811 and was intended by Wrede to sound at 440 Hz. The original is conserved in Washington.