F. Arthur Uebel

Summary

The company F. Arthur Uebel GmbH (FAU) is a German manufacturer of clarinets with headquarters in Wiesbaden and production facilities in Markneukirchen (Saxony).

F. Arthur Uebel GmbH
TypeGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH) (Germany)
IndustryManufacture of woodwind instruments
Founded30 April 2010
HeadquartersWiesbaden, Branch office Markneukirchen
Key people
Jürgen Stoelzel, Wiesbaden
ProductsClarinets
Websiteen.uebel-klarinetten.de
New building (office and workshop) April 2022
Clarinet Superior (german), Plateau-clarinet in B (french) and basset clarinet in A (french)
Bass clarinet, german
Bass clarinet, french

HistoryEdit

The company, founded in 2010, sees itself in the tradition of the clarinet manufacture founded by Friedrich Arthur Uebel [de] (1888–1963) in 1936 in Markneukirchen.[1] Uebel was the son of the woodwind instrument maker Friedrich Gustav Uebel (1855–1915) and had studied with the clarinetist and clarinet maker Oskar Oehler [de] (1858–1936) in Berlin to learn the craft of clarinet making. After Oehler's death on 1 October 1936, he opened his own workshop in Markneukirchen under the name F. Arthur Uebel, taking over Oehler's customer base and also the construction method of the Oehler Clarinet, producing high-quality instruments for professional clarinetists.[2][3][4]

In 1984, the factory was nationalised and merged with other wind instrument manufacturer. After the Peaceful Revolution, the company was privatised in 1990 and the production of Uebel clarinets continued as a dependent part of the business. In 2005, for economic reasons, the production of Uebel clarinets in Markneukirchen was discontinued.

In the course of the liquidation, the music dealer Arnold Stoelzel GmbH in Wiesbaden, managing director Jürgen Stoelzel, acquired the rights to the name as well as the construction and manufacturing documents and then had Uebel clarinets manufactured in a production facility newly built for this purpose in China. In 2010, Jürgen Stoelzel founded the current company in Wiesbaden with a branch in Markneukirchen and set up a workshop there where Uebel clarinets are once again manufactured, mostly using parts prefabricated by the Chinese sister company.

As of 2022, the company manufactures clarinets with German and French system (Oehler / Boehm) as well as accessories. The product line of Boehm clarinets has been greatly expanded in recent years. At the beginning of 2022, the company moved into a newly built production facility with an office extension in the Markneukirchen industrial park.

ProductsEdit

All clarinet models[5] are made of grenadilla with silver-plated machine heads, the higher-priced ones also of mopane with silver-plated or gold-plated keys. The company produces clarinets with both the German and the French system, which is becoming increasingly important.

With the German system, three soloist models are offered in B tunings, one of which is also available as an A clarinet. Furthermore, two standard models in B and A and one in E are produced, as well as three beginner models in B, one in C and one in low G, and finally a professional bass clarinet reaching down to low C.

With the French system there are seven professional instruments in B and A, one of them also as a basset clarinet in A and another also as a C and as an E clarinet, besides – as a special feature – a plateau (capped) clarinet in B. Then three standard models in B and a bass clarinet reaching down to low C are offered.

DistributionEdit

The distribution has been taken over by the company Arnold Stoelzel GmbH in Wiesbaden. In Europe and South America, the company uses the established music trade, while in the US, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Russia, Australia and Singapore, it has called on the services of local general distributors.

EndorserEdit

Well-known F. A. Uebel players include:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Birgit Matuschewski (2006), Chronik eintausend Jahre Erfindergeist in Sachsen: Musik und Instrumente (Chronicle of One Thousand Years of Inventive Spirit in Saxony: Music and Instruments) (in German), MPR-Verlag, p. 121, ISBN 978-3-935579-03-2
  2. ^ Website, History of the FAU Company Retrieved 15 May 2022
  3. ^ Enricio Weller, Erste Adresse des deutschen Klarinettenbaus – Geschichte Bedeutung und Entwicklungsleistungen der Markneukirchener Holzblasinstrumentenwerkstätte F. Arthur Uebel (First Address of German Clarinet Making – History Significance and Development Achievements of the Markneukirchen Woodwind Instrument Workshop F. Arthur Uebel), in: rohrblatt 8 (1993), pp. 142–146; 9th (1994), pp. 52–60.
  4. ^ Enrico Weller (2004), Der Blasinstrumentenbau im Vogtland von den Anfängen bis zum Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts: Untersuchungen und Dokumentationen zur Geschichte eines Gewerbezweiges der Musikinstrumentenindustrie (Wind Instrument Making in the Vogtland from the Beginnings to the Beginning of the 20th Century: Studies and Documentation on the History of a Branch of the Musical Instrument Industry) (in German), Geiger, p. 257, ISBN 978-3-89570-986-9
  5. ^ Website, clarinets
  6. ^ Ricardo Morales wird Teil der "F. Arthur Uebel"-Familie (Ricardo Morales becomes part of the "F. Arthur Uebel" family), Das Musikinstrument, 12 September 2018

External linksEdit

  • Official website