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Hans QUADFASEL  18yy-1953

death .... 1953, ....... (source: Ziegler, 1994)




Max Büchner? Quadfasel on: Alarmierung der Berliner Feuerwehr Edison 15285 (Berlin, 1905) (source: website Titel von "Aka Tombo" bis "All That" by Henry König)

Edison Gold-moulded cylinders (1902-1912)

When we opened the sales offices in Paris, a gentleman by name of Kaltenecker was made manager. The names of the office employees I cannot recall. There were, however, only about three or four. The Recording Department was on Rue Notre Dame de Victoire near Rue Quatre de Septembre. Our music director was the assistant director of the Garde de Republique Band in France. This gentleman’s name was Fontbonne. He was really the flute soloist in the band and was quite a famous man. His assistant was a Mr. Aschard. The musical critic was a Mr. Henri Rommel and the recorder’s name was Albert Bernard. Later an Englishman by name of Calloway succeeded Mr. Kaltenecker and remained manager for several years. He was then succeeded by Mr. Lehmann from the London office. Mr. Lehmann remained in Paris until two or three days before England declared war on Germany in the First World War. He disappeared then — just walked out and locked the doors. We later discovered that all the time he was with us, he was a reserve officer in the German Army!
The Berlin staff grew very rapidly but, as the recording department was a considerable distance from the Sales Offices, I never became too well acquainted and of course do not recall names other than Sales Manager [Thomas] Graf and Grusser, Superintendent of the factory. The recording staff consisted of: Hans Quadfasel, Recorder, and Carl Nebe, Assistant.
(source: The reminiscenses of William Hayes 1895-1914 (in: Antique Phonograph Monthly, Vol. II, No. 9 of November 1974 (p. 7-8))

Worked for Polyphon
Went to Sweden (Nordisk? - HS) and later to Italy (Naples).

A field recording phonograph by Hans Quadfasel Berlin with speed regulator 100 to 160 rpm. Quadfasel was the sound engineer of Berlin Edison recording studio. As far as I found in the rare bibliographical references, he owned a phonograph atelier Anzengruberstrasse 3 Neukölln, Berlin (registered as technician Adressbuch Berlin 1931) and collaborated with the Phonogramm Archiv Berlin creating this light field phonograph model. Also a recorder device manufactured by Quadfasel comes with this machine. In 1938 Adressbuch he lived Donaustrasse 101, Neukölln and was registered as Phonetiker. Wilhelm Quadfasel (maybe the son?) was galvaniseur in Phonogramm-Archiv and worked in duplicating/galvanizing cylinders with his own made cylinders copying devices. (internet)

Viele Eigentümer von Phonogrammen sandten ihre Aufnahmen nach Berlin, die einzige Stelle in Deutschland, die galvanisieren konnte. Der Galvaniseur Herr Quadfasel war der treueste Archivangestellte. (Walter Zimmermann)


  • 20 Jahre Aufnahmetechniker (in: Phonographische Zeitschrift 25. Jahrg. (1924), Nr. 16, p. 706)
  • Die Wachszylinder des Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv by Susanne Ziegler (Ethnologisches Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2006), pp. 36 & 56
  • Tonart ohne Ethos. Der Musikforscher Marius Schneider by Walter Zimmermann (p. 19) (online)
  • From Wax Cylinders to Digital Storage: The Berlin Phonogramm Archiv Today by Susanne Ziegler (in: Resound. A quarterly of the archives of Traditional Music, Vol. XIII, Number 1/2 of January/March 1994)
  • Antique Phonograph Monthly, Vol. II, No. 9 of November 1974 (p. 8)
  • (1) Signatur: HA SIM/4/2/2,302
Brief von H. Quadfasel an Staatliches Institut für Deutsche Musikforschung
Berlin, 22.04.1940. – 1 Br., 1 Bl., 2 S.. - Deutsch ; Brief, Rechnung ; Handschrift ((1826))
  • (2) Signatur: HA SIM/4/2/2,305
Brief von Paul Gehl und H. Quadfasel von Eisenschmidt's Buch- und Landkartenhandlung und Rudolf Lamm , Arthur Collignon an Staatliches Institut für Deutsche Musikforschung
Berlin, Leipzig, 11.06.1940-01.07.1940. – 5 Br., 5 Bl., 5 S.; 2 Bl., 4 S.. - Deutsch ; Brief, Rechnung ; Handschrift ((1829))
  • (3) Signatur: HA SIM/4/2/2,519
Brief von H. Quadfasel von Eduard Ehrike Buchbinderei an Staatliches Institut für Deutsche Musikforschung
Berlin, 15.06.1937-11.08.1937. – 4 Br., 4 Bl., 4 S., 2 Bl., 4 S.. - Deutsch ; Brief, Rechnung ; Handschrift ((2044))



H. Quadfasel (1924)


Rainer E. Lotz