Rudy Mück and his Company
- taken from
the 1939 Rudy Mück Brochure -
Other manufacturers of musical instruments may be older in years than Rudy
Mück, but none are more brass-wise and none have rubbed elbows with more
top-ranking professionals than he.
For Rudy Mück was steeped in the fascinating environment of the brass
instrument shop as early as the age of eight, when his father made Rudy an
apprentice. Rudy's father, J. R. Mück, had come to America to build instruments
for fine concert and theatre musicians, his own father having been a master
brass craftsman in Austria. The House of Mück, you see, had been building
instruments as far back as 1875.
Young Rudy was taught trumpet by his father's customers and at the age of 12,
having already spent four years at the apprentice's bench, Rudy was playing in
the world-famous B.F. Keith's Band. Manny Klein was only one of the present day
stars who played side by side with Rudy.
Many years later, Rudy qualified as a craftsman in his father's shop, and
together they perfected the Rudy Mück Cushion Rim Mouthpiece, which is today
used by 60,000 brass players throughout the world. The Mücks were building brass
instruments to order for a loyal clientele, but they hesitated to offer the
horns to the general public because they feared mass production methods would
When, in 1936, J. R. Mück retired to a rural laboratory to devote the rest of
his career to the experimental phase of brass instrument manufacture, his son
Rudy determined to make the Rudy Mück Trumpet and Cornet available to every
musician - but still on a custom-built basis.
This explains why Rudy Mück instruments are known as "hard-to-get" horns. The
Mück workshop builds every instrument almost leisurely, at a pace consistent
with musicians' needs, and thus dealers' shelves are never overloaded. Rudy Mück
gears his production so that there are always enough horns to go around among
buyers, but never enough to lie around on store shelves, growing stale and
Copyright, 1939 Rudy Mück Company
Printed in U.S.A.
Is it Miick or Mück?
Consensus is that
it really doesn't matter. It's been seen both ways and unless your last
name is Muck or Miick. It is interesting though some of the comments we've
gotten - one of which is below.
Regarding the "mystery" of the "newly discovered" spelling of Muck, as
noticed on a mouthpiece:
Two dots above the "u" in "Muck" act as a diacritic mark to indicate a
preferred vowel sound, different from the sound of "u" in words having a "u"
with one dot or none. Thus the "u" in Muck is to be pronounced with a "u"
sounding like that in the word "rule." Similar to the vowel pronunciation of
words like moon, or lewd. I'm surprised that the question comes up, as the word
Muck having the two-dot diacritic mark has appeared on the site before, (three
times preceding the serial number list, for instance.)
but we still
find both spellings in many of the phone books we've looked at.
Tom Lynch lived next door to
in late 40s, early 50s
We received an email from Tom Lynch who
"The Muck's were my next door neighbors in the late
40s early 50s. We lived in an apartment development called Interlaken Apartments
in Eastchester, NY.
Although my name is Thomas , I was known as Pat Lynch. We lived at 30 Manchester
Rd and the Muck's lived upstairs at 28."
Anything Tom says ring a bell with anyone?