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For the Library: c.1948-1955 Lignatone catalog 352
Jan 17th, 2022 at 1:54pm
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https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CaoVOWyfVK_F8ih-9-J2x9yD0cVwF5x9 contains a gigantic PDF to submit once compressed, the scans [in the event the PDF has too many issues and should just be rebuilt], and the originals in the event the transposed scans are too compromised in quality...

Catalog 352 shows the Lignatone rotary valve brasswind line [plus woodwinds] - number 351, which I still am looking for, shows piston brasses.  The "Amati concern" is listed as the main brasswind factory.
Some interesting bits include the use of Schmidt-style mouthpieces, various translation quirks, and mention of Toneking saxophones - that indicates this was published before Amati-Kraslice lost the ability to use the Toneking name in 1955*.

Ligna is listed as the sole distributor of these instruments, so I figure this catalog is from after the 1948 Communist takeover and nationalization of industry.  I remember seeing some Ligna catalog with prewar models, so this might be from the early 1950s?  Ligna also distributed string instruments and a variety of wood products.

Their address is given as 41 Vodičkova, Praha II, Czechoslovakia. 
The print information on the back page is ČOK 230174 a - 5403  /  Printed in Czechoslovakia - Sčt 01-2491-54 - similar codes are on German-language Cremona/Luby catalogs [interestingly referring to the town as Schönbach].

*Amati's 2021 catalog has a tiny note in the saxophone section calling them "Toneking line", so I guess they're back to their old tricks yet again
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Re: For the Library: c.1948-1955 Lignatone catalog 352
Reply #1 - Jan 21st, 2022 at 8:01pm
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This is really interesting, all of the brass models listed are clearly former Bohland & Fuchs instruments, with even the model numbers remaining almost unchanged from those in the 1933 catalog (https://issuu.com/brandcenter.no/docs/bohland_und_fuchs_gesamtkatalog_wm/2).  I also notice the "Walzen" compensating horn illustrated on the cover isn't listed, which was never a B&F model to my knowledge.  The changes I was able to find are as follows:

26: Permanent Eb rather than F/Eb, associated changes in wrap and some slight bracing changes.
40A: Permanent Eb rather than F/Eb.
44C: Former 44A with optional quartventil selected.
54: Fourth valve option permanently selected.
61: Former 61 1/2 with string linkages becoming optional.
64: Permanent Eb rather than F/Eb.
68: Permanent Bb rather than C/Bb, no kranz.
69: Permanent Bb rather than C/Bb, no kranz, leadpipe rerouted.
69 1/2: Permanent Bb rather than C/Bb, no kranz, leadpipe rerouted.
73: Former 72 1/2, size option unknown.
76: Former 76 3/4, size option unknown.
  
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Reply #2 - Jan 23rd, 2022 at 3:43pm
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Interesting indeed - also, I forgot to mention how the models looked very pre-war, compared to many Lignatones that are standard Amati-Kraslice horns. 

Some of the model numbers seen in this catalog are referenced as "old/formerly model X" in the 1980s Amati rotary catalog I acquired several years ago.

In addition to Ligna Catalog 351 piston brasses, I'd like to see the full Ligna catalog from the late 1940s that has Arigra models shown!




  
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Re: For the Library: c.1948-1955 Lignatone catalog 352
Reply #3 - Jan 27th, 2022 at 1:12pm
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Thanks for the catalogs.  I'm working on it. . . . Lignatone uploaded to Library.
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