Samuel Nolan


In the Grassi Museum für Muziekinstrument in Leipzig, Locked behind a case of glass is an instrument of great musical importance. At Nearly 400 years old “1631”, the oldest surviving baroque bass sackbut of Hans Heinlein sits unplayed, silent, its ancient tone unheard by anyone today, until now.

Thanks to Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument, audiences will once again be able to hear the sounds of this marvel of the past. After painstaking researched by myself and historical instrument artisan Tony Esparis, the funds from SEM will help create the world’s first authentic reproduction of this instrument which will be built by hand in Spain with traditional tools and techniques from the time. Historically significant due to its unique design, the 1631 bass by Heinlein is a one of the most versatile brass instruments of the 17th century and it is the ingenuity and versatility of this instrument that speaks deeply to me, matching my ideals of what a modern musician should be.

With an affection and capacity for performing all genres of music, mastery and versatility is the motto that encompasses my artistic identity and the 1631 bass sackbut by Heinlein is the only instrument that I believe that can match me in this. My thanks go to Idske and all