Ray Noguera remembers Rudy Mück
- taken from
email dated 2-28-07 -
I worked with
Mike Fiore at Rudy Mück in NYC in 1973. Mike bought or inherited Mück from
Rudy's widow. I'm not sure of when that was. He ran the mouthpiece
business from the 48 St. shop. I later ran the Mück business from my shop in
Flushing NY - the Mück.
just didn't seem worth all the trouble as we only sold three of four hundred
mouthpieces a year at the most. The bulk of those were sold to a importer
in Germany. Mike made all the cups by hand from blanks made by Miller
Automatics. Miller was located in one of the Gretsch buildings in downtown
Brooklyn. Miller was a screw machine shop that produced many blanks and
some finished product for the industry. I remember he made the blanks for
Giardinelli, Parduba and Jet-Tone among others.
He also at one
time produced all the mouthpieces to finish for the Gratz company. Gratz had
leased the name for many years. It was during those years that many of the
mouthpieces were made. The Gratz mouthpieces were different from the Mück
made ones and are distinguished by their unique outer shape. Miller, I
believe, is now located in Farmingdale, N.Y. I'm not sure that they still
have any samples or info of the mouthpiece making days.
...and now some more of the
I seem to
remember Mike telling me that it was Rudy's father that was the instrument
maker. Upon his retirement Rudy went to the mass market trying to
capitalize on the name. Most of the later horns were built in Europe and
were a far cry from the hand made NY horns. Rudy was flamboyant and
enjoyed his spirits and lifestyle more than he did work. I believe that
that had something to do with him "leasing" the name to Gratz.
As for the Bach
relationship... Mr. Bach was not a great fan of Rudy's. ... To my recollection
Rudy had a brother named Frank. Frank was working as a repairman for several NY
music stores up into the 80's.
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