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Explore the Everist Gallery

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View of Everist Gallery displays

The Everist Gallery introduces The American Music Industry, as it grew from humble, 19th-century beginnings to the large factories of the 20th century.  NMM visitors will enjoy seeing more than 150 examples of American ingenuity on display. A theremin, along with its original speaker, can be seen in the electronic instrument display on the center island. Instruments manufactured by the C. G. Conn Company of Elkhart, Indiana, are represented in seven display cases located throughout the gallery.



View of Samuel Graves display

Musical instruments from the workshop of Samuel Graves and his contemporaries include American-made clarinets, a flute, an ophicleide, a trombacello, a keyed bugle, cornets, and a trombone—all dating from the 19th century.



Stan Fritts and the Korn Kobblers display

Stan Fritts (1910-1969) led the Korn Kobblers, a nationally-known dance and novelty band, from 1938 to 1954. A trunk filled with a sampling of their noisemakers and zany props is on display in the Everist Gallery, along with one of their musical washboards and related memorabilia.



Electric guitars on display in Everist Gallery

The Everist Gallery's central island features a wide variety of early electric and electronic instruments (find details about individual instruments below).




Early electric guitars on display in Everist Gallery

Among the early electric instruments on display are Lloyd Loar's 1930s Vivi-Tone violin, mandola, mandocello, and electric guitar, as well as a Rickenbacher fryin' pan (1935-1939), a Les Paul model electric guitar by Gibson (1952), Barbara Mandrell's unique, crutch-shaped, electric lap-steel guitar (1984), and, an electric upright bass guitar by Gibson (ca. 1938).




Electric guitars on display in Everist Gallery

Arranged in front of a Vivi-Tone clavier by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo or Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1934-1937, are a Gibson electric lap steel guitar and amplifier (1949), a Chet Atkins model electric guitar by Gibson (1990) (featuring a custom painting of Nashville's Ryman Auditorium), Barbara Mandrell's double-neck electric guitar by Semie Moseley (1981), Danny Chauncey's Gibson Firebird VIII (1964), and Billy Grammer's blue Gibson electric guitar (1968).




Carleen Hutchins experimental violins on display in Everist Gallery

Three experimental violins and a viola made by the pioneering, 20th-century stringed- instrument acoustician, donated to the NMM in 1999. All of Hutchins' research pertaining to the development of the Violin Octet, as well as related correspondence and other materials, is preserved in the NMM Archives.



Zithers, violins, and an Irish harp on display in Everist Gallery

A case of American-made stringed instruments in the Everist Gallery includes concert zithers by Franz Schwarzer of Washington, Missouri, a Triola player-zither, a Clark Irish harp, an Alexander violin, a harp guitar, a violin by James Reynold Carlisle of Cincinnati, a miniature violin by George Gemunder of New York, and a miniature violin from the estate of Tom Thumb.

For information about more of the instruments in this gallery, visit the NMM's Virtual Tour.

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Trumpet by Dominick Calicchio, Hollywood, California, 1978 Tenor banjo by Ludwig & Ludwig, Chicago, ca. 1927-1929 Tenor banjo by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1928 Theremin by Radio-Victor Corporation of America, New York, ca. 1930 Stan Fritts and the Korn Kobblers Bass ophicleide by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1835 Cornet in E-flat (high pitch) by Graves & Co., Boston, 1851, with echo attachment Baritone trombacello by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1842-1848 Clarinet in C by Graves & Alexander, Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1827-1833 Clarinet in E-flat by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1835 Clarinet in B-flat by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830 Clarinet in C by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830-1850 Keyed Bugle by Graves & Co., Winchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1830-1840 Electric mandocello by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, ca. 1933 Electric mandola by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1933 Electric guitar by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, ca. 1934-1935 Electric lap steel guitar by Semie Moseley, Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, 1984 Electric guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1952 Electric Violin by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, ca. 1933-1936 Electric lap-steel guitar by Electro String Instrument Company, ca. 1935-1939 Electric upright bass guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1938 Electric upright bass guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1938 Electric upright bass guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1938 Electric guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1952 Electric Guitar by Gibson Guitar Corp., Nashville, July 26, 1990 Electric Guitar by Gibson Guitar Corp., Nashville, July 26, 1990 Electric Guitar by Gibson Guitar Corp., Nashville, July 26, 1990 Electric upright bass guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1938 Electric upright bass guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1938 Electric upright bass guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1938 Electric upright bass guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1938 Electric lap steel guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1949 Electric lap steel guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1949 Electric lap steel guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1949 Electric lap steel guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1949 Electric lap steel guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1949 Electric double-neck guitar by Semie Moseley, Carson City, Nevada, 1981 Electric double-neck guitar by Semie Moseley, Carson City, Nevada, 1981 Electric guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1964. Electric guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, 1964. Electric guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1968 Electric guitar by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, ca. 1968 Vivi-Tone clavier by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo or Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1934-1937 Vivi-Tone clavier by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo or Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1934-1937 Vivi-Tone clavier by Vivi-Tone Company, Kalamazoo or Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1934-1937 Violin, Le Gruyère, by Carleen Maley Hutchins, Montclair, New Jersey, 1982 Violin, Le Gruyère, by Carleen Maley Hutchins, Montclair, New Jersey, 1982 Violin by Carleen Maley Hutchins, Montclair, New Jersey, Daniel W. Haines, Columbia, South Carolina, and Hercules Materials Company, Inc. (Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory), Cumberland, Maryland, 197 Violin by Carleen Maley Hutchins, Montclair, New Jersey, Daniel W. Haines, Columbia, South Carolina, and Hercules Materials Company, Inc. (Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory), Cumberland, Maryland, 1974 Viola by Carleen Hutchins, Montclair, New Jersey, 1953, modified by Frederick A. Saunders, South Hadley, Massachusetts Viola by Carleen Hutchins, Montclair, New Jersey, 1953, modified by Frederick A. Saunders, South Hadley, Massachusetts Treble violin by Carleen Maley Hutchins and Carolyn W. Field, Montclair, New Jersey, 1985 Treble violin by Carleen Maley Hutchins and Carolyn W. Field, Montclair, New Jersey, 1985 Treble violin by Carleen Maley Hutchins and Carolyn W. Field, Montclair, New Jersey, 1985 Alpine Zither by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1900 Bowed zither by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1909 Bowed zither by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1909 Bowed zither by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1888 Bowed zither by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1888 Bowed zither by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1888 Alpine zither by Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Missouri, 1894