A Humble Shopkeeper
Karl Reich was the first person to ever make recording of bird songs, which did make him rather famous. Another thing that make Reich different was his canary-nightingales. Amazingly, he bred birds that looked like a canary but sang the song of a nightingale. Four years younger than Duncker at thiry-six, Reich ran a family hardware business. He was tall and slim with eyes that twinkled; definately the picture of a shopkeeper. Duncker and Reich never knew of eachother until that evening when Hans knocked on his door asking about the nightingale he heard on the city streets. He had no idea how that simple meeting would shape both of their futures. Duncker could hardly believe that such a humble shopkeeper could create such a bird, the science behind his canary-nightingale was enormous. After a friendship was struck up, the two became partners and studied the canary. They pushed aside the birds song and began to study more on the color of it feathers, a great attribute in their time. With Reich's birdkeeping abilities and Dunckner's scientific knowledge, the began to conduct full-blown studies on canary color genetics.