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Vintage Instrument Catalogs and Reference Data

This library of old catalogs is intended for historical research: vintage instrument identification and dating.  Please respect their use and do not reproduce, copy or distribute this information for any other purpose.
These are scans of catalogs originally distributed to the public to describe the manufacturer’s products available for sale at one point in time.

It is important to note that instrument catalogs are not always accurate in their descriptions of instrument specifications or the images used. While product improvements were constantly being made; catalogs often used older existing drawings, etchings or photographs. In some cases instruments were offered in catalogs that had been discontinued for years.  For these reasons, catalogs can only be used as general guides for the dating and identification of vintage instruments.

Please contact us if you have any additional information or documents that might be historically significant or generally helpful to musicians and instrument collectors.

 

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Benedetto 2007 Catalog
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Special thanks to the following for their contributions of catalog materials:
  • George Youngblood
  • Brian Wolfe
  • Leonard Wyeth
  • Paul Fox
  • Fritz Damler
  • George Roberts
  • Stan Burg
 

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