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A woodwind instrument of the oboe family, with a pitch between that of an English horn and a bassoon.

[German Heckelphon, after Wilhelm Heckel (1879-1952), German musical instrument maker.]
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(Instruments) music a type of bass oboe
[C20: named after W. Heckel (1856–1909), German inventor]
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Noun1.heckelphone - an oboe pitched an octave below the ordinary oboe
hautbois, hautboy, oboe - a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
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We heard two rarities, In a Nutshell and The Warriors, by the maverick Percy Grainger, so rarely performed because of their costly demands, including Margaret Cookhorn's fruity heckelphone (Google it), an extragavanza of percussionists - what a brave sight arrayed across the top riser - and three grand pianos.
There are also a number of unusual instruments, such as wind and thunder machines, and the Heckelphone, a kind of baritone oboe.
Strauss called for 112 instruments: 16 first and 16 second violins; not fewer than 10 or more than 12 violas; 10 cellos; 8 double basses; 3 flutes; 1 piccolo; 2 oboes; 1 English horn; 1 Heckelphone (a reed instrument between an English horn and a bassoon with a downward compass five notes lower than the English horn); 1 clarinet in E-flat; 2 clarinets in B-flat; 2 clarinets in A; and 1 bass clarinet in B-flat; 3 bassoons and 1 double bassoon; 6 horns; 4 trumpets; 4 trombones; 1 bass tuba; 4 kettledrums of usual size; and 1 of smaller dimension; bass drums; side drum; tamtam; cymbals; triangle; tambourine; xylophone; castanets; and glockenspiel; 2 harps; an organ; a harmonium; and a celesta (Gilman 1907, 60).