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Striking Reed Pipe

Koenig Acoustical · Physics

This square wooden organ pipe has a glass window set into one end, through which can be seen a metal reed. A long metal pin protrudes from that same end, near a round hole cut into the bottom surface. From the other end protrudes a wooden spout.

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Primary Materials: Wood, glass, metal


On the top near the spout: “175”. On the bottom near the window: “Rudolph Koenig a Paris”.

Dimensions (cm): Height = 40, Width = 5.7, Length = 6.5


Pressured air is blown through this pipe, causing the reed it to beat against the aperture. A resonator attaches to the top to generate a tone.


Very good: Minor chips and scratches on the body of the pipe.

Associated Instruments:

Manufacturer: Rudolph Koenig

Date of Manufacture: Mid-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.

Historical Notes:


  • Donated to UTSIC