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Muzika! A Celebration of Czech and Slovak Music


Schediphon by Josef Josefovich Schediwa, Odessa, The Ukraine,
patented in 1901

NMM 7340. Schediphon (trombone/euphonium model) by Josef Josefovich Schediwa, Odessa, The Ukraine, patented in 1901 (with a subsequent patent [No. 8733] taken out in 1902 for Bohland & Fuchs in Graslitz). Brass with silver trim. In addition to the normal three valves, a fourth valve controls through which bell the air will flow, producing either a trombone sound from the cylindrical tubing or a more mellow sound from the larger conical bore of the euphonium side of the instrument. Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999.

Note: Click anywhere on the image to see an enlargement of the rotary-valve section.

NMM 7340.  Double-bell Schediphon by Josef Josefovich Schediwa, Odessa, The Ukraine, patented in 1901



Schediwa's 1887 lyrophone

Josef Schediwa (1853-1915) worked first for Cervený, but went to The Ukraine about 1881, where he eventually established his own firm in Odessa. He invented many brass instruments, including the similarly shaped lyrophone (left); however, the schediphons were among his last inventions. In 1905 Schediwa presented 174 of his brass instruments to the Landesmuseum in Prague, of which 63 are said to survive at the National Museum of Czech Music in Prague. Like other Czech musicians, instrument builders, and craftsmen of all kinds, he left his home to make a living, but his heart remained in his homeland.

Left: Engraving of Schediwa's lyrophone from La facture instrumental a l'Exposition Universelle de 1889 by Constant Pierre, Paris, 1890, p. 245.




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