Niles Eldredge remembers Rudy Mück
- taken from
email dated 2-15-07 -
The Mt. Vernon
Bach factory was maybe 3 miles tops away from Rudy's last store (which was
within walking distance of where I grew up). I never visited the Bach plant. My
trumpet teacher (an excellent Bobby Hackett type player from Texas) was pissed I
bought a Citation from Rudy and not a Strad from Vincent. For awhile I took that
to heart--and always thought I had bought an inferior instrument.
I had not.
told me that (as your website tentatively says) Carl Fisher bought a controlling
interest in Rudy Mück--I have handwritten notes on this, but not sure at the
moment where they are. He told me that Fisher had bought the old York factory in
Grand Rapids in ca. 1941. According to Mario, the parts for the 50s Citations
were made at that old York plant--and shipped to NYC, where they were assembled
by none other than Mario himself--in some Carl Fisher building somewhere in the
city. Mario was a hell of a good player--but he told me to live in the suburbs
and have a decent married life, he was always a repairman too (as I said, I met
him at Giardinelli's). Mario was the Besson guy--and when he left, he left with
all Giardinelli's Besson spare parts. I played once or twice with him--and went
to his house once--with the late Hal Oringer--where we bought a few Besson horns
and some spare parts (Hal bought some Besson leadpipes). Mario was the real deal
and I see no reason to disbelieve him on his Rudy Mück accounts...
is another story. He apprenticed right after WWII with Alexander Gebruder in
Mainz--and by the time he left knew everything about building horns. He got off
the boat in NYC sometime in the early 50s and went to work for Dominic
Calicchio. His stories about Rudy mostly involve alcohol and women; I remember
once he told me that Rudy would grab a bunch of mouthpieces on friday p.m. (i.e.
when he had his store on 48th st, where everyone else was) and hock them at Sam
Ash or one of the other stores across the street--just to finance his
...and now we get some more of the
...I kick myself for not taking the opportunity of re-connecting
with Rudy's son--I heard (in the late 1990s) that he had a music store and still
had some of Rudy's stuff...
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