Stephen Hepple Works at
Music Store in England in the 60s
selling Rudy Mück instruments
- taken from
email dated 2-18-07 -
In the sixties I
worked in a music store here in England, We sold many Rudy Mück
mouthpieces and some trumpets. [The mouthpieces were] made in England
presumably under license to John E. Dallas [JEDSON] the wholesale company.
[note: John E. Dallas & Sons made banjos and other string instruments in the
first half of the 1900s. After WWII they became associated with making
JEDSON instruments (see more below)]
were stencil horns from Eastern Europe and Italy. The mouthpieces were
popular for easy high notes [tiny cups and big wide rims] but not reckoned to
have much depth of tone.
wholesale company who supplied the music stores was John E Dallas and Sons.
JEDSON was one of their trade names used on several products. Apart
from Rudy Mück they also had Dearman, Grafton Saxes (the white plastic one) and
were the importers for Buffet Paris saxes and woodwind.
[note: We've had accounts from Robb Stewart (Old Brass) in California and
John Baber (B & B Music) in Louisiana, that some of the Rudy Mück instruments
appear to be Buffet Crampton clones. Herein may lie the connection?!?]
manufactured Carlton Drums. Later on they were bought out by Arbiter and
became Dallas-Arbiter, main Importers of Fender, Ludwig and Bach. Along
the way they bought out Vox Amps. They went the way of most English Music
firms though Arbiter (junior) I think still has Turnkey, a high-tech music
retailer. Arbiter was import wholesaler for Leblanc/Holton etc but I guess
that's changed now due to Bach/Conn/Selmer etc.
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