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kratt   William Kratt Sr. is the inventor and the man mostly responsible for it's impact with singers world-wide.  He was born September 22, 1892 in Trossingen / Baden-Württemberg, Germany also known as “music town”.  Trossingen was also the home of Hohner, a very well known harmonica manufacturer, where Bill found work at an early age.
By age 18 he decided to come to America. The year was 1910.
William Kratt        
The original Kratt Company plant (1925-2002) located at 988 Johnston Place, Union, New Jersey. It was here he invented the first pitch pipe. The first model was C to C in a red card-board box and looked very much like today's version. Aside from the reeds inside being made of a slightly different metal, it had only had 8 notes keys
(C4 to C5).
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Union, New Jersey (circa 1942)
       
master It was also about this time he discovered the need to include
ALL 13 notes; not only the white notes but also the sharps and flats. The pipe was redesigned and offered just as it is today. The Kratt Company still remains the only company in
America producing these pitch instruments.
  Copy by Grady Kerr    
Master Key
  Find out more about the history of the Kratt Pitch Pipe, please visit: Grady Kerr's site.
 
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