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The Harmony Company

The Harmony Company

Why are we so interested in the Harmony Company? We know vintage Harmony guitars are prized instruments, but we weren't as familiar with their drums. So we were intrigued to see the label inside this bass drum shell: “Harmony Drum manufactured by The Harmony Company”, along with some patent dates, and in handwriting, “W. E. Patrick Jr., Newport RI Sept 1910”.        It turns out that the founder of the company, William Schultz, worked at the Knapp Drum Company in Chicago until it was bought out by Lyon & Healy; he continued to work as a foreman there until 1892,...

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Eli Brown & Son 1841 - a quick look at the Brown family and their drums

Eli Brown & Son 1841 - a quick look at the Brown family and their drums

There are many internet blogs and individuals posting information on the Brown family and their drums, and most agree on details, but not all, so here we'll stick with some basic sources to share that are relevant to this 1841 drum, #2163, that we have for sale in our web store. In The Browns of Wintonbury, the author Frederick Hesketh writes regarding the Brown family of drum makers: The mystery of when the first drum was made may never be solved. Virtually all known and verified Brown Drums have a distinctive label and date inside the drum opposite the air...

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J. W. Pepper and Adolph Soistmann - Do the Stars Align?

J. W. Pepper and Adolph Soistmann - Do the Stars Align?

What does the inlaid star on this J. W. Pepper drum have to do with the one on the  C. & F. Soistmann drum noted in our last post? We don't know for sure about the star, but the makers certainly have some interesting connections. C(onrad) & F(rederick) Soistmann were making drums in Philadelphia from about 1863; James W. Pepper founded his company there in 1876. By 1892 J. W. Pepper and Adolph Soistmann (son of Frederick) were in business together as Pepper acquired the factory and trade name of Adolph's Excelsior Drum company, with Adolph staying on as manager....

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Historical Inspirations for Our Inlaid Star Drum

Historical Inspirations for Our Inlaid Star Drum

We recently posted a drum for sale that referenced a C. & F. Soistmann drum ca. 1864 as inspiration for the star, or compass rose, pattern that was hand-inlaid on the shell. This Soistmann drum is shown on p. 68 of Caba’s book; on p. 67, Caba says that  "Francis" (should be Frederick) Soistmann was the inlay artist while he was working with his brother, "Charles" (should be Conrad). We’ll be posting for sale in a day or so another drum with an inlaid star pattern much like this Soistmann drum. It’s a J. W. Pepper snare drum which coincidentally...

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