Maccaferri Miracle plastic reed

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Top view of a reed showing the moulded inscription. Side view of a reed showing the thin end. Side view of a reed showing the thicker end. Side view of a reed showing the thicker end. Side view of a reed showing the thin end. Side view of a reed showing the change in depth. Side view of a reed showing the change in depth. Side view of a reed showing the change in depth. Side view of a reed showing the change in depth. Underside view of a reed showing the moulded inscription. Close view of a reed showing the moulded inscription. Top view of a reed showing the packaging. Side view of a reed showing the packaging. Side view of a reed showing the packaging. Side view of a reed showing the packaging. Underside view of a reed showing the packaging.
Details
Object number
AIBDC : 007875
Country
Date
1940 - 1949 (circa)

Description

This plastic reed for an alto saxophone was designed and developed by Mario Maccaferri in response to the difficulty of obtaining traditional materials for reed making during the Second World War. The Miracle reed was used by many professional musicians thus contributing to its popularity and success. The US patent for this was filed on 10th December 1940. This example is in the original packaging.
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)
Manufacturer

Inscriptions

moulded and coloured: "U.S.Patent No. 2224308 Maccaferri 'Miracle' Plastic reed. Trade mark red. U.S. Pat. off. " (top)
moulded: "44 A3" (underside)
Dimensions
Width
15mm
Length
70mm
Colour