Schwenk & Seggelke

Schwenk & Seggelke (S & S), is a German clarinet manufacturer based in Bamberg in the Bavarian Upper Franconia. The company manufactures clarinets according to the German handle system (Oehler system) and the French system (Boehm system) as well as in a combination of both systems, starting from the Boehm system (so-called modular design).[1] A specialty of the company is the reproduction of historical clarinets.[2][3]

Schwenk & Seggelke
Genreinstrument makers
Key people
Jochen Seggelke
Number of employees
15 (2019)
WebsiteWebsite S&S


The company was founded in 1996 as a company by the clarinet maker Werner Schwenk and the clarinet maker and clarinetist Jochen Seggelke[4][5], based in Tübingen and Bamberg. In 1998, the two production facilities were merged in Bamberg. In 2002, the company moved there larger premises. The co-shareholder Werner Schwenk retired from the company in 2013, which has since been continued by Jochen Seggelke as a sole proprietorship.


In all of the above three designs, the company offers the full range of clarinet from high A flat to low G, including basset clarinets in A and B and G (!), as well as basset horn in F and bass clarinet in Bb. All basset and bass clarinets and basset horns extend down to a low C.[6]

All instruments are individually configurable in terms of equipment (bore, type of wood, mechanical equipment, and their finishing) [7]. There are also replicas of 10 historical instruments in different moods, of which two models are offered in Bb and A.[8] Not in the program: the alto clarinet in E flat (looks similar to a basset horn) and the extremely rare contra- and double bass clarinets.

The manufacturer S & S has developed several improvements of the mechanics and the soundhole drilling for their clarinets [9]. All instruments are made of wood, mainly of grenadilla wood, but also mopane and boxwood are available, the latter especially for the historical replicas. The instruments are built to order and primarily for professional clarinetists and are in the top price range. In addition, S & S sells inexpensive schoolboy clarinets produced by the company Buffet Crampon Deutschland GmbH, Markneukirchen, under the trademark "W. Schreiber ", in a revised form in their own workshop, as well as in the middle price range clarinets of the company F. Arthur Uebel, also based in Markneukirchen, which advises Jochen Seggelke since 2014 in acoustic and technical questions [10].[11][12]


In March 2006, the newly developed basset horn was awarded the Bavarian State Prize, after S & S already received a design award in 2004.[13][14] Instead of the usual metal bow between the mouthpiece and the upper joint, the instrument is equipped with a normal barrel and a bent connecting piece between the barrel and the upper joint each made of wood. In 2013, the E flat clarinet model 2000 received the German Musical Instrument Award [13].[15]

Sales areas

Around one-third of S & S products are sold in Germany, the rest in Europe and overseas. [13]


  1. Alan Hacker: A NEW CLARINET, Article in the magazine Clarinet & Saxophone Spring 2005, Vol. 30, Nr. 1, p. 20–21 online
  2. "History".
  3. Hans Dieter Grünefeld interviews the american clarinetist Charles Neidich obout classical music and his replicas of historical clarinets made by Schwenk & Seggelke
  4. BDB-Musiklotsen, Jochen Seggelke as clarinetist and clarinet maker
  5. Ensemble Ringelspiel, Jochen Seggelke as clarinetist
  6. Thomas Grass, Dietrich Demus, Das Bassetthorn und seine Entwicklung (The Basset horn and its development), p. 21, 22
  7. see the corresponding configurators on the website
  8. "Reproductions of Period Clarinets".
  9. "Our Clarinets - The Features".
  10. "New Clarinets by W. Schreiber".
  11. For the complet paragraph: Andreas Schwarze, Klarinetten aus dem Herzen Bambergs, March 24, 2017 (Translation: Andreas Schwarze, Clarinets from the heart of Bamberg)
  12. For the complet paragraph: Exempla 2009, Der Klarinettenbauer Schwenk & Seggelke, Bamberg
  13. Artikel Musikinstrumentenpreis für Schwenk & Seggelke, Deutsche Handwerkszeitung/Handwerkskammer Oberfranken, Ausgabe 9/2013 (Translation: Article Musical Instrument Prize for Schwenk & Seggelke, German Craft Newspaper / Chamber of Crafts Upper Franconia, issue 9/2013 online
  14. "Urkunde und Zeitungsauschnitt „Bamberger Firma gehört zur Welt-Elite der Klarinettenbauer"" (PDF; 272 kB). 2006-03-22. (Translation: "Certificate and newspaper excerpt" Bamberger company belongs to the world elite of the clarinet makers".)
  15. For the complete paragraph: Handwerkskammer Oberfranken "Deutscher Musikinstrumentenpreis für Schwenk & Seggelke" April 12th, 2013 (Translation: Craft Chamber Upper Franconia: "German Musical Instrument Prize for Schwenk & Seggelke")
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