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