Musical Instrument Museum Receives Two 1890 Lyon & Healy Drums
In April, 2010, something new, the Musical Instrument Museum, will open its doors in Phoenix, Arizona.
"With musical instruments from every country in the world, MIM will pay homage to the history and diversity of instruments and introduce museum guests to their varied and unique sounds. MIM will be an engaging, entertaining, and informative experience, in which the uninitiated and the knowledgeable, the young and the old will feel welcome."
In order to fill out an exhibit of turn-of-the-century band instruments, FieldDrums.com Blogmaster, Ellis Mirsky, donated two drums requested by the museum. Both are pictured above. Restoration work on the bass drum was done by George Kubicek. The drums are part of the "Monarch" series produced by Lyon & Healy ca. 1889, 1890. The bass drum is 30" in diameter and the field drum is 17" in diameter. While not exact matches, the drums are of the same general appearance. Their elaborate inlays reflect the fine craftsmanship of that era.
See the newsletter of the Museum of Musical Instruments acknowledging this gift (at p. 3, "Drumming Up Contributions").