Rudy Mück Information Site
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Page Last Update 04/02/2007
A Little about the Originator of this Site
We have been intrigued for a long time with Rudy Mück instruments. From the first one we acquired, a Rudy Mück Director pictured here
and needing a little bit of work, we were curious about this brand which we had heard so little of.
So, over the years, we have been fortunate enough to purchase and correspond with others who owned or have owned Rudy Mück instruments. It was always odd to find out that no one knew much about these instruments as noted at right.
We talked to a number of people over the years about starting a site but nothing happened until now. Why did we do it -- see what we've said at right.
There may be many questions we can not answer but that won't stop us asking the questions. We heard from a chap in New Zealand recently about a Rudy Mück saxophone a mate of his owned. We wanted to know more!! We guess that's why we're here writing this and you're there reading it -- we want to know more.
Why a Rudy Mück Site?
Well, there is very little information about Rudy Mück in one place anywhere that we've ever found. You may find bits and pieces here and there or talk to someone who heard this or that. But, we have yet to meet someone who has all the information about Rudy Mück.
Why is this? Like many instrument builders, resellers and importers from the early part of the 1900s and even into the 40s and 50s, when the large conglomerates started buying out these companies, very little information about the history of the former company was retained. And, in the case of Rudy Mück, his company was purportedly bought out by Carl Fischer, another instrument builder and reseller no longer in business.
Other companies such as Martin, Bach, and Blessing were bought out but the successor companies still exist.
Another reason is that Rudy seemed to "copy" ( or, borrow the design of ) other manufacturer's instruments so that they weren't necessarily original. The same could be said about other early companies who copied the French Besson design but Rudy copied Bach, Olds, Besson, Blessing, etc. Or, as many have said, other companies made parts for Rudy and these were assembled in his plant so similarities would be common.
We have not been able to locate any relatives or descendents of Rudy Mück to date. As well, our search for those who worked with him has remained fruitless so those types of information resources do not seem to exist. Do you know a relative, descendent, acquaintance or co-worker who might be able to shed some light on the many questions we have?
The Serial Number Mysteries
Have you ever seen a Rudy Mück serial number listing anywhere? We haven't and part of the reason, once again, is that the models Rudy produces may look like one copied horn and the next one of that model may look like another. Serial numbers seemingly don't mean much except to those handful of people who have seen enough of these instruments to know what they're looking for. As well, since many manufacturers made parts including pre-stamped valve blocks, a large serial number may not indicate an older instrument. At this point, who knows?
So, we want to know more about Rudy Mück and his instruments, mouthpieces and company and ask for your help in accumulating what we can so that all may benefit from this knowledge.
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