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Johann Christoph Denner (1655-1707), came to Nuremberg about 1666 and began learning to be a horn-turner with his father.  Later he started making woodwind instruments in the French style based on instruments he saw which were just then beginning to spread into Germany. In 1696 he petitioned for master's rights together with Johann Schell (1660--1732) and in 1697 the two were granted rights for the 'manufacture of French musical instruments consisting chiefly of oboes and recorders [flandadois]'.  Johann Christoph's two sons Jacob Denner (1681-1735) and Johann David Denner (1691-1764) both learned the craft of instrument making from their father. Jacob was working for the Medici court in Florence in spring 1708 and deliveries of instruments made by him, including clarinets (the earliest references to this instrument), are recorded from 1710 onwards. He was granted master's rights before 1716. Jacob was also a professional performer: he was mentioned as a member of the Nuremberg Stadtpfeiferei in 1705 and attained its highest post in 1727. His funeral sermon  provides many biographical details and praises his skill on the oboe, 'which he handled so finely ... and played so admirably that his like was never heard in Nuremberg'. Johann David was a 'musician, also maker of oboes, bassoons and flutes', according to the address at his funeral. He succeeded to his father's workshop but acquired master's rights unusually late, in 1736, when he was 45 years of age. Jacob apparently set up on his own, with the result that there were two different workshops producing instruments.

 

The outstanding importance of the Denners was recognized by their contemporaries. Of particular significance is Doppelmayr's appraisal expressly ascribing the invention of the clarinet to Johann Christoph, together with improvements to the racket and the chalumeau. Although no clarinet by Johann Christoph has been preserved (the existing instruments bearing the mark 'I.C. DENNER' are by Johann David), much evidence indicates that the instrument originated with the Denner family in Nuremberg. The fame of the Denners, based on their invention of the clarinet and on Doppelmayr's Historische Nachricht, was passed down through the centuries; Johann Christoph even attained the status of operetta hero in Der Klarinettenmacher, by Friedrich Weigmann and G.R. Kruse (Berlin, 1912). More than 150 woodwind instruments from the Denner workshops have been preserved (see Young): recorders of all pitches, both traditional models and those described as 'French flutes'; transverse flutes in three sections with a C foot as well as the earliest flutes in four sections; shawms and oboes of various sizes; chalumeaux and clarinets; rackets, dulcians and bassoons; and cornetts. Some of the early instruments show clearly the influence of French models, but further developed through the experience born of musical practice. There are both luxuriously grand and plainer models, but all are of high quality. It is difficult to ascribe instruments to individual makers since masters' marks were inherited in Nuremberg. Three distinct marks were used by members of the Denner family: 'D' on its own; 'I.C. DENNER' in scroll , with a 'D' and sometimes also an 'I' underneath; and 'I. DENNER' in scroll with 'ID' beneath it, with a tree between the letters.

 

(Abridged and Adapted from Grove's Online Encyclopedia of Music)

 

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Mollenhauer Morgan Denner
Alto 440 Brazilian Boxwood Three DoubleEnglish

New - Very easy high notes. Excellent quality instrument at a very moderate price!

$629$449
Mollenhauer Morgan Denner (Special Edition)  
Alto 440 Brazilian Boxwood Three DoubleEnglish New - Soloistic tone! Special quality instrument at a very reasonable! $1495$1195
 Jean-Luc Boudreau Denner

Sopranino415 Grenadilla/Ivory TwoDoubleEnglish New - Very pleasing sweet tone, perfect for Couperin, Handel, Vivaldi, and Shannon! Hand-picked at ARS 2012! $1550

$1550 In Stock!

Mollenhauer Morgan Denner (Special Edition)  
Mollenhauer Morgan Special Edition Denner Alto A415 Grenadilla
Alto 415 Grenadilla Three DoubleEnglish New - Soloistic tone! Special quality instrument at a very reasonable price! $1895$1529
Ralf Netsch Denner

 
Alto 440 European Boxwood Three, w/soft case Double English  Used - Mint Condition. High-quality A440 alto for baroque music! $1620 $1720
Ralf Netsch Denner
Ralf Netsch Denner Alto Boxwood A415
Alto 415 European Boxwood Three Double English New - Hand-picked by me at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival! $1750 $1850
 Jean-Luc Boudreau Denner

Voice Flute (tenor in D)415 European Boxwood ThreeDoubleEnglish New - Projecting tone! Can be played by people with smaller hands due to ergonomic design! Hand-picked at ARS 2012! $2050

$2050 

Joachim Rohmer Denner
Alto 440 Stained European Boxwood Three Double English New - An instrument at A440 that plays and sounds like an A415 instrument! Hand-selected by Charles Fischer at Stockstadt  2012! $2250  $2450
Joachim Rohmer Denner
Alto 415 European Boxwood Three DoubleEnglish New - hand-picked in 2014 at Stockstadt! $2350 $2450
Stephan Blezinger Denner
Alto 415 European Boxwood Three DoubleEnglish New - hand-picked in 2014 at Stockstadt! $2350 $2450
Adrian Brown Denner
Voice Flute415 European BoxwoodThreeDouble EnglishNew! - Hand-picked at BEMF. Great projecting tone with slight chiff! These instruments have a five year waiting list! $2950 SOLD
Adrian Brown Denner
Adrian Brown Voice Flute Olivewood A415
Voice Flute415 OlivewoodThreeDouble EnglishUsed - in mint condition. Great projecting tone with slight chiff! These instruments have a six year waiting list! $2950 SOLD
Guido Klemisch J.C. Denner Handfluyt
Klemisch JC Denner Handfluyt A466

 
Soprano
van Eyck - Praeludium (X)
 van Eyck - Prins Roberts Masco (X)
466PlumwoodOneSingleJambe de Fer New - Lightning quick response with nice chiff! - perfect for van Eyck!$1550 SOLD to the gentleman in Bloomington, IN

8/15/2015

von Huene Denner
Von Huene Denner Alto Boxwood A415

Alto

415 European Boxwood Three Double English New - Beautiful tone for professional or advanced player! Hand-selected by Charles Fischer at BEMF  2011 $2300 SOLD
Adrian Brown Denner
Alto415 European BoxwoodThreeDouble EnglishUsed - in mint condition. Great tone with slight chiff! These instruments have a six year waiting list! $2350 SOLD
Adrian Brown Denner
Alto415 European BoxwoodThreeDouble EnglishNew - Fantastic tone!!  Great projecting tone with slight chiff! These instruments have a six year waiting list! $2350 SOLD
Ralf Ehlert Denner
Ralf Ehlert Denner Alto Boxwood A415
Alto415Stained BoxwoodThree Double English Used - As New! - Barely used. Perfect instrument for Telemann and Bach! $2150 SOLD to the gentleman in Hamilton, NY

1/12/2011

Tom Prescott J. Denner
J. Denner Tenor A415/440
 
Tenor 415/440 European
Boxwood
Four Single w/Brass Key English Used - Mint condition! The original on which this instrument is based is one of the finest examples of Jacob Denner's work. It is a part of the former Robert Rosenbaum collection, now in Japan. $3375 SOLD to the gentleman in Elk Grove, CA

1/20/2011

Andreas Kung Denner
Andreas Kueng Grenadilla Denner Alto at A415
Alto415GrenadillaThree Double English Used - Mint Condition! - Revoiced by Andreas Kueng Sept 5, 2009 to play like new! $2150 SOLD!
Ralf Netsch Denner
Ralf Netsch Denner Sopranino at A415

 
Sopranino 415 European Boxwood Two Double English New - Sweet-toned and responsive nino. Good ergonomics even for larger hands. $975 SOLD!
Tom Prescott J. Denner
Prescott J. Denner Tenor at A415
Tenor415 European
Boxwood
Three Single w/Brass Key English Used - Mint condition! The original on which this instrument is based is one of the finest examples of Jacob Denner's work. It is a part of the former Robert Rosenbaum collection, now in Japan. The strong low register and agile upper range combine with a bright, reedy tone to make this instrument the ultimate tenor recorder for the demanding player. The long, thin beak and beautifully detailed footpiece enhance its pleasing appearance. $2725

SOLD!

Ernst Meyer Denner
Steger/Sammartini(X)
Alto
415European Boxwood ThreeDouble English Used - Mint condition professional instrument from the workshop of Ernst Meyer, who has a very long waiting list. Takes more breath than most recorders and produces a very powerful sound, with just a bit of breathiness. Has Synpor block to prevent clogging. This is the model used by Maurice Steger.in his recent Sammartini CD. $3750 SOLD! to the gentleman in Ann Arbor 3/3/2008
Paul van der Linden Denner
Voice Flute415 European BoxwoodThreeDouble English Used - Excellent condition and tone. Very strong upper and mid-range with solid bottom. Paul van der Linden is currently making baroque oboes. $1950 SOLD! to the gentleman in Ann Arbor 3/3/2008
Fern (David Coomber) Denner

 
Alto415 European
Boxwood
ThreeDouble EnglishNew - Professional quality at a very reasonable price!$1550 SOLD! to the lady in Menlo Park 12/15/2007
Jacqueline Sorel Denner
 

Alto415Boxwood ThreeDouble English New - Excellent Denner copy in beautiful natural European boxwood! $1850 SOLD! to the Brazilian lady in Bloomington 12/07/2007
Fern (David Coomber) Denner

 
Alto415 European
Boxwood
ThreeDouble EnglishNew - Professional quality at a very reasonable price!$1550 SOLD!

5/15/2007 to the gentleman in St. Louis

Jacqueline Sorel Denner
Alto415Boxwood ThreeDouble English New - Excellent Denner copy in beautiful stained European boxwood! $1850 SOLD!

7/15/2007 to the lady in Virginia 

Ralf Ehlert Denner
Alto415Lightly Stained Boxwood ThreeDouble English New - Haunting tone quality! Perffect for Telemann and Bach. Solid low g and f with no burbles! $1850 SOLD!

4/15/2007 to the gentleman in Instanbul 

Stephan Blezinger Denner
Alto415 BoxwoodThreeDouble English New - Incredible power! Perfect for Concertos. $1850 SOLD to the gentleman in Italy
Guido Klemisch Denner  (X) Voice Flute415Boxwood ThreeSingle Baroque Used - Revoiced and cleaned 9/10/2003 by Rob Turner. Now has lovely more open sound! $2150 SOLD!
2/15/2007 to the lady in Utah
 
Jean-Luc Boudreau Denner
Alto415Boxwood w/two ivory mountingsThreeDouble English Used - Rich tone. Beautiful Instrument at  Excellent value! $1750 SOLD to the gentleman in Ashland

11/28/2005 

Rob Turner JC Denner (the father)
Alto440 PlumwoodThreeDouble English Used - Mint condition - beautiful sound - lovely chiff on the high notes - original pitch at A440!
This one is the mate to the other instrument below which is now in my personal collection!
$1850 SOLD
to the tall gentleman in Hawaii

10/27/2005 

Jacqueline Sorel Denner (X) Alto415Boxwood ThreeDouble English New - Mellow Tone..Smooth High Notes! $1850 SOLD

9/15/2005 

Rob TurnerJC Denner (the father)

Alto440Plumwood ThreeDouble English Used - Mint condition - beautiful sound - original pitch at A440! $1850 SOLD (personal collection) 11/12/2004
Guido Klemisch Denner1  (X)
Denner2  (X)
Alto415 BoxwoodThreeDouble English New - Superb German style instrument - great for Telemann and Bach $1850 SOLD

9/5/2004

 

Ralf EhlertDenner
Alto415Stained Boxwood ThreeDouble English New - Very easy response on high notes w/direct  tone - great tuning $1850 SOLD to the gentleman from Google 10/15/2003
Peter Van der PoelDenner Voice Flute415Boxwood ThreeDouble English New!! Beautiful Voice Flute from a Master Maker! $1850 SOLD to the gentleman in the East Bay
9/13/2003

 

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