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NMM EMuseum


College Student who likes wind instruments & music
In the vein of a few links that have all been shared recently:
This past month the National Music Museum in South Dakota created a site, which can be found here: https://emuseum.nmmusd.org/
The site is basically an online catalog (with lots of photos!) of the original collection that was the start of theirs, the Arne B Larson collection; along with just about every instrument they have that was produced before 1800.
There's a lot of cool stuff on there!
Here's 4 random instruments I saw while looking around in the list of everything and searching some random search terms:
A Henri Gunkel Clarinet in D, made by whomever made this particular stencil. I know a lot of the early boxwood ones are Martin Freres made ones, and the ones marked "France" are from the next maker.
A Bb Clarinet made by Fernand Chapelain & Compagnie! I've looked for the maker of the stencils marked "France" above the logo for a decently long time, and have seen a few of these these this semester, but I haven't made a post discussing them yet. So this is that, I suppose. https://emuseum.nmmusd.org/objects/...tx=ce3560cd-3f25-4352-8811-1e89d473d1a0&idx=0
An alto saxophone by J. Gras, who I also own a clarinet by. I know basically nothing other than their manufacturing dates, and the clarinet isn't yet playable. Those right hand side keys are funky, though. What I can see of the G# cluster makes me think their starting dates for that go a bit too early, too.
And as a 4th random instrument: a 1923 Gold-Plated Holton Revelation Model Alto Saxophone, which looks really rather nice and has some extra keys.

When I have more time, I am definitely going to spend a lot of time looking at this site...

EDIT: also sharing this as I found it interesting, albeit not a woodwind:
6th oldest buescher instrument I know of is now this Baritone Horn, serial 817. Only ones I know of earlier than that are 4 cornets and 1 alto saxophone.
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I visited that museum decades ago, when it was called, "America's Shrine To Music Museum". If you ever get near Vermillion SD, take the time to visit it. A musician can easily spend an entire day there.

At the time you could rent a little audio device, and actually hear many of the instruments being played.

This is a national treasure!

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Brassica Oleracea
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Good "head's up" there.

When it's open, anyone who loves musical instruments should try to visit it. I saw a full line of Adolph Sax saxophones, a set of brass instruments with the bells pointing behind the player (the military band used to march in front of the troops), and way too much more to mention -- some of which I didn't even know existed.

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