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Pitt American
May 27th, 2012 at 10:29pm
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From what I read at  Horn-U-Copia it looks like the Pitt American line, offered as a house brand by Volkwein Brothers in Pittsburg once upon a time was most likely made by either Bohland and Fuchs or Pan American.

I acquired a Pitt American cornet and got to looking for some indication of where it orginated.  I didn't see any Czech import marks and the numbers printed on it were not like any Czech horn I own. It may be Pan American, but the only one I have to compare doesn't look kin.

I did find that it had a lot of similarities to the Regent made by Ohio Band Instruments. The design of the slide caps are identical.  The numbers look remarkably similar in design.  The design of the braces look very much alike.



The Pitt American top and the Regent bottom.







  
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Re: Pitt American
Reply #1 - May 28th, 2012 at 2:39pm
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The Cavalier (Pan American) 90A looks a lot like that one.
  
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Reply #2 - May 28th, 2012 at 3:12pm
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The Regent looks more like it.

Look at the bend in the pipe to the first valve on the 90A



Look at the Pitt American.  Exactly like the Regent..and the valve case design, and the design of the slide ends.



 
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Reply #3 - May 28th, 2012 at 7:07pm
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Looking at the pictures of the The Regent and the Pitt American I think they are are family. Looks like the same manufacturer to me.
  
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Reply #4 - May 28th, 2012 at 8:31pm
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Thanks for the remark bastrumpet.  At least I'm not alone.

By the way I have a friend in the Dutch Army.  He gave up being a Sgt. Major to be a  warrent officer not long ago.  Don't know what that did to his pay but in the US Army that wouldn't have been a good career move once upon a time lots of years ago.
  
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Reply #5 - May 29th, 2012 at 2:10am
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I've never had any success with trying to get an interview with Wolkwein's owner.  Course after all these years, they may not have any records or recollections of what was done. 

I was recently told that they have reduced their store.  It has been a while since I've been in their store.  I wonder if they are going the direction of Woodwind and Brasswind, by being primarily mail order.


  
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Reply #6 - May 29th, 2012 at 7:10pm
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Another thing about this horn that I didn't mention before is,  unlike the Regent from Ohio Band Instruments...and most others I have in my collection, the tuning slide is also serial numbered to match the number found on the middle valve case.     I would think this unusual for a horn in this lower end price category. Maybe it was done at the factory so the slide wouldn't be confused with another line of cornets of a like design but maybe a slightly different spec.
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Reply #7 - Sep 13th, 2012 at 8:46pm
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I have got a new theory.  Take a look at this Gladiator from  a subline of N H White.  It looks identical to the Pitt American right down to the receiver on the leadpipe. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-HN-WHITE-TRUMPET-THE-GLADIATOR-1930S-40S-/120984...
  
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Reply #8 - Sep 14th, 2012 at 3:18am
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Looks like you might be on to something there.

  
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