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Long open pipe giving different sounds

Koenig Acoustical · Physics

This long prismatic pipe with a round spout has five wooden levers that cover circular holes in the pipes body. A long wooden slider with a knob at the end fits into the pipe

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Primary Materials: Wood, metal


Near the spout: “Rudolph Koenig A Paris”. Along the body of the pipe: “N1”, “N3”, “N2”, “N4”, “N2”, “N4”, “N2”, “N3”, “N4”, “V3”, “V2”, “V”, “N4”, “V”.

Dimensions (cm):

Height = 80.5, Width = 3.7, Length = 3.5


To create selected harmonies at the nodal points by opening or closing specific levers.


Very good: Minor scratches and abrasions on the body of the pipe, and some of the markings appear to have been worn off or re-marked.

Associated Instruments:

Manufacturer: Rudolph Koenig

Date of Manufacture: Late nineteenth century


University of Toronto Physics Department

Additional Information and References:

See David Pantalony, Altered Sensations: Rudolph Koenig’s Acoustical Workshop in Nineteenth-Century Paris (New York: Springer, 2009), 250.

Historical Notes:


  • Donated to UTSIC