Note from Conservator at Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Just got a kind email about the site from Markus Raquet, Conservator of Musical Instruments at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and maker of historical brass instruments. The Germanisches Nationalmuseum holds an extensive collection of early trombones (see, for example, the “holders” of the many early alto trombones in my post on extant altos). I also added an entry in the Trombone History Timeline (16th century) based on a recent Historic Brass Society Journal article that Mr. Raquet authored about a newly-rediscovered 1576 trombone. The instrument, a tenor trombone made by Schnitzer of Nuremberg, was initially discovered in 1903 in an organ case being dismantled in a church in Altötting, Germany (southern Bavaria). The trombone was then displayed in the church’s Schatzkammer (treasure chamber), but has since been moved and is on display in Altötting’s Wallfahrt- und Heimatmuseum (Museum of Pilgrimage and Local History), located near the church. According to Mr. Raquet, this Altötting trombone is probably the oldest dated instrument by Schnitzer and the third-earliest signed trombone in existence.