The German Musical Instrument Award 2010 goes to Ricco Kühn and Rudolf Walter & Co.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AVING Special Report on ‘Musikmesse 2010’) — <Visual News> The German Musical Instrument Award 2010 goes to two musical-instrument manufacturers from the German states of Saxony and Baden-Württemberg.

The German Musical Instrument Award is given for instruments made in Germany in two categories that are changed every year. This year, it goes to a B-flat trumpet (Ricco Kühn) and a bassoon (Rudolf Walter & Co).

With the German Musical Instrument Award, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology emphasises the significance of musical-instrument making in Germany for the musical-instrument sector and draws attention to the cultivation of tradition in Germany and the innovativeness of the its manufacturers.

In 2010, the Award in the B-flat trumpet category (piston valve) goes to Ricco Kühn, Meisterwerkstatt für Metallblasinstrumentenbau, from Oederan, for the Model T053/B B-flat trumpet. In the bassoon category, the winner is the soloist model made by Rudolf Walter & Co. Holzblasinstrumentenbau GmbH from Pleidelsheim.

Both instruments are hand crafted. The certificates will be presented by Mr. Ernst Burgbacher, Parliamentary Undersecretary for State at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

The B-flat concert trumpet of Ricco Kühn is distinguished by a very highdegree of flexibility. This model can be fitted with different bells and is supplied with three leadpipes. It comes in three finishes: silver, gold-platedor painted. According to Ricco Kühn, particular importance is attached to the exact fit of the leadpipes. Thus, the leadpipe and its cone are machined toensure the mouthpiece sits perfectly.

The bassoon of Rudolf Walter & Co. Holzblasinstrumentenbau GmbH is designed for soloists and is made specifically in accordance with customer requirements. The model entered has a silver-plated mechanism, solid-silver finger tubes and a gold-plated solid-silver water key on the boot.