One of the Sheldon’s current exhibits is the Amazing Horns – Bridging Continents, Bridging Time. The exhibit is in the Gallery of Music from June 10th, 2016 until August 12th, 2017. This collection provided by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger has been researching and collecting instruments and artifacts which now have surpassed 3,000 items. There are 94 horns out of the 3,000+ currently on display in our galleries.
Serpentine Pedalphone, created in 1993 by John E. Maier, a high school teacher at Jennings High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Made out of metal, rubber and fiber the Serpentine Pedalphone is an unique instrument. John Maier also made the Hungarian Officer’s Corps Signal Horn (displayed above the Pedalphone) which is made out of metal. The signal horn has 6 different bells giving it a particular look. Both of these pieces we professionally restored by St. Louis Woodwind and Bass Instrument Repair, Inc. in Florissant, MO.
In the second room, we have a set of trumpets and horns with multiple Bells. The 8 Bell Schalmei Free Reed Trumpet create with nickel plated brass and made in Germany by Max B. Martin. This instrument is actually a reed instrument that produces a very loud sound. When no valves are pressed down, the air goes through a reed and bell(s), which produce a different sound. However, when the valves are pressed down, the air will go through the reed and different bell(s) this produces a different sound.
Alto One the Shoulder (OTS) Horn in B-Flat, c. 1864 is one of the multiple OTS horns that we have in our galleries. Made in New York, New York by Louis Schreiber this instrument is made out of brass and has a rare “teardrop” shape. Schreiber produced a small number of the “teardrop” shaped instruments at his business, Schreiber Cornet Manufacturing Company in New York in 1864, six years after emigrating to the United States from Germany.
To find more information on The Hartenberger World Music Collection of Historical Instruments check out their official website: http://www.hwmconline.com