Kratt Synchrotone SN-3 Pitch Pipe


This pitch pipe was made by William Kratt and Company in Union, New Jersey, undetermined date. This is a Type SN-3 model, in the keys of A, E, G, and D, for violin. It is comprised of 4 metal tubes with 4 metal reeds, joined together with a plastic sleeve. Accessioned with original plastic box. The pitch pipe is stamped:


This item was sold by Albert Moglie (b. December 16, 1890, Rome; d. June 9, 1988, Washington DC), instrument maker and restorer, and proprietor of a violin shop in Washington DC for 65 years from 1922 until 1987. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to Antonio Sgarbi and subsequently worked under Luigi Enbergher, Giuseppe Rossi and Rodolfo Fredi, all of Rome. Following these apprenticeships, Moglie was a student of Hippolyte Sylvestre in Paris and Leandro Bisiach in Milan.

Albert Moglie came to America at the age of 24 to work for the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, first in Cincinnati and then New York City in 1916. By 1917 he had established his own shop in New York at 1431 Broadway. He moved to Washington DC in 1922.

Moglie enjoyed a fine reputation in Washington as a violin restorer, and is especially remembered as the caretaker of the Gertrude Clark Whittall Stradivari quartet of instruments at the Library of Congress, an association that began in the 1930s and lasted more than 50 years.

The Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, Archives Center houses additional information on the life and career of Albert F. Moglie:

Manufacturer: Wm. Kratt Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Union

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Credit Line: Gift of Albert F. Moglie and Lorette M. Moglie

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2018.3081.076Catalog Number: 2018.3081.076Nonaccession Number: 2018.3081

Object Name: pitch pipe

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11/16 in x 2 1/4 in x 2 in; 1.74625 cm x 5.715 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_1891287

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