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Source of Brass Trombones
By Robbie Rhodes

This brass instrument specialist recently made replicas of brass trombones for "either a Wurlitzer band organ or a similar German organ":

   Robb Stewart
   140 E. Santa Clara St., #18
   Arcadia, CA 91006
   tel/fax: 818-447-1904

Stewart is a renowned craftsman and has made many playable replicas of "extinct" brass instruments for Civil War bands, etc. He showed me an original organ trombone, missing the reed exciter, which played a bass D-sharp note. The length is 78 inches. The bore at the exciter is about 5/8-inch, and just before the bell it's about 2 inches. The bell is 8.5-inch diameter.

Hanging from the ceiling Stewart has a collection of old trumpet bells, "in case anybody needs some." It looked like there might be 20 bells, just enough for a trumpet rank in a band organ!

Robbie Rhodes

(Message sent Fri 17 Jan 1997, 06:55:13 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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