I am delighted to offer copies of the following catalogs for sale. Many of the catalogs contain a variety of instruments, such as guitars, bowed stringed instruments (violin family), drums, novelty instruments, etc. All catalogs are available as either PDF files or as hard copies. I have added annotations when I felt the title was not sufficiently descriptive. These annotations describe the content of a catalog and resolution.
In 1996, I began scanning all pre-1932 catalogs in my collection (either original or photocopies). I used Photoshop to digitally remove blemishes, and repair torn pages. I did everything possible to produce images that are in every way superior to the original catalogs. Some pages required hours per page to clean and/or repair. I added no new information, or in anyway compromised the integrality of the original material. Even so, some flaws remain.
For persons or institutions owning copies of historical (pre-1932) catalogs that wish the titles of their catalogs to be included in the master list, please contact me by regular mail and include your email. I will get in touch with you. My address is below. The citation in my bibliography will include your institution's name and call number, so that readers will be able to contact your institution to purchase copies of the catalog.
To order one or more CDs, please provide the company name and title of the work in your letter. CDs are generally $20 and include shipping costs. Prices for printed copies will be based upon page count. Each printed catalog will arrive with card stock covers and a spiral binding to insure years of use. All pages will be printed with a laser printer on acid free paper. For printed copies, the shipping cost will be sent prior to delivery. To order the entire printed database of titles, please mail a letter to me. Include your email address and indicate your desire to purchase the database. Currently, the database is 168 pages and will arrive with card stock covers and spiral binding.
I will ship to the U.S. and Canada only. Personal checks will be accepted. I will ship your order after the check clears.
Send a letter to the address below and indicate what material you desire. Also include your email address and I will contact you. I have had to discontinue taking orders via the Internet to avoid spammers.
Peter H. Adams
1107 2nd Ave., #607
Redwood City, CA
LIST OF AVAILABLE TITLES (please order catalogs only on this list):
Berteling, T. & Co. Catalogue and Price List. NY, NY: T. Berteling & Co.; [c1915], 16 p. [600 dpi]. Clarinets and other woodwind instruments. Scanned from first generation photocopy.
Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory. Catalog of the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory. Formerly E.G. Wright. Boston, MA: [Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory; 1874], 16 p. Scanned from first generation photocopy. [300 dpi].
Boosey. [Exhibition catalog. Boosey: London; n.d., 8 p.]. [300 dpi]. Woodwind instruments. Scanned from incomplete (?) photocopy.
Conn, C.G. Band and Orchestra Instruments. General Catalog E. Elkhart, Indiana: C.G. Conn; , 68 p. Includes Price supplement dated 1928, 21 p. [600 dpi]. Woodwind and also stringed instruments. Some drums. Scanned from original.
Cundy-Bettoney. Silva-Bet and Wood-winds. The Artists’ Choice. Cundy-Bettoney: Boston; 1932, 40 p. Title from cover. Title page: Catalogue No. 1. [300 dpi]. Woodwind instruments. Scanned from original.
Hall, D.C. Illustrated Catalogue of D.C. Hall, Importer, Manufacturer and Dealer in Musical Instruments. D.C. Hall: Boston; [n.d.], 16 p. including cover, p. 3 lacking. [300 dpi]. Brasswind instruments mainly. Scanned from incomplete 3rd generation photocopy.
Heckel, Wilhelm. [Catalog]. Biebrich: Wilhelm Heckel; [c1910], 12 p. [300 dpi]. Scan from first generation photocopy. Original printed on colored paper, resulting in gray background. Does not affect content significantly. Woodwind instruments only. Scanned from photocopy.
Jenkins. [Catalog and ephemera]. Kansas City, MO: Jenkins; [c1920, 31 images]. [300 dpi]. General retail catalog, wind instruments. Scanned from original printed on colored paper. Does not affect content significantly.
Keefer, Brua C. “Keefer” Highest Grade Brass Band Instruments. Williamsport, PA: Brua C. Keefer, [c1924, 38, 40 p.]. [150 dpi]. CD contains two undated catalogs. The first catalog was scanned from a light photocopy. I have dated this one 1923 on the CD merely to differentiate it from the second catalog. The second catalog is scanned from a darker catalog. Both catalogs are almost identical. The photocopies came from Lloyd Farrar who dated the second catalog to c1924.
Klemm, A. & G. Musikinstrumenten und Saiten. Markneukircken: A. & G. Klemm; [n.d.], 160 p. [600 dpi]. General catalog. Scanned from original.
Kruspe, Ed. Preisliste 1931. Erfurt: Ed. Kruspe; 1931, 20 + 1 p. [300 dpi]. Almost exclusively French horns. Great images! Scanned from first photocopy.
Lyon & Healy. Campaign Edition. New and Enlarged Catalogue of Band Instruments, trimmings, etc. Lyon & Healy: Chicago, IL; 1896, 128 p. oversize [300 dpi]. General catalog. Scanned from photocopy.
Lyon & Healy. Descriptive Price List of Lyon & Healy American Professional, American Climax, (made in the U.S.A.) and Champion Light Action Silver Piston (Imported) Band Instruments, Drums and Drummers' Traps, Accessories for Bandsmen. Chicago, IL: Lyon & Healy, 1915, 86 p. [150 dpi color]. This is the earliest catalog from this company that I've seen to use model numbers. Scanned from original.
Meinl, William. [Catalog. NY, NY: William Meinl; c1890], 53 p. [600 dpi]. Woodwind instruments. Scanned from original.
Penzel, Mueller & Co. [Catalog. NY, NY: Penzel, Mueller & Co.; n.d., 20 pages]. [300 dpi]. Mainly clarinets and some flutes. Scanned from original.
Pollman, August. Catalogue K. 1894-'95. Musical Merchandise. NY, NY: August Pollmann; 1895, 369 p. [600 dpi]. Massive general catalog, excellent brasswind and plucked string selections. Scanned from original.
Rampone, Agostino. Agostino Rampone Instrumenti Musicali per Banda e Orchestra. Milano: Rampone; [c1900], 79 p. [300 dpi]. Excellent examples of non-Boehm system woodwind instruments, some of which were experimental. Scanned from a second generation photocopy.
Rudall, Carte & Co. [Catalogue. London: Rudall, Carte & Co.; n.d., 15 images]. [300 dpi,]. Mainly flutes and clarinets. Scanned from photocopy of an incomplete catalog.
Slater, M. M. Slater's Illustrated Catalogue and Net Price List of Musical Instruments and Trimmings for Bands and Orchestras. NY, NY: M. Slater; 1915, 48 [i.e. 49 p.]. [300 dpi]. General catalog, including simple system flutes and clarinets. Scanned from original.
Vanotti, Luigi. Catalogo N. 14. Milan: Luigi Vanotti; [ca. 1920], 24 p. [600 dpi]. Flutes only, includes an Albisiphone. Scanned from first generation photocopy.
Zimmermann, Aug. Catalog of “Own Make” Musical Instruments Brass. Woodwind and Percussion Instruments for Band Use. Leipzig: August Zimmermann; 1925, 68 p. [300 dpi, front and back page are in color]. General catalog; includes examples of unsigned woodwind instruments, such as examples still widely available. Scanned from original.
Zimmermann, C.F. Autoharp. Dolgeville, NY: C.F. Zimmermann; [c1900], 11 p. [150 dpi, front and back cover are in color]. Scanned from original.