Ziggy Kanstul

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Kanstul Musical Instruments

Ziggy Kanstul knew more about brass instruments than most people. As an important part of the manufacturing end of the FE Olds Company, Ziggy became an expert on model designs, the specifications for each and every product, and the measurements of the horns made by their competitors. He later formed the Kanstul Musical Instrument Company in Anaheim, CA, and soon established a respected product line that includes trombones, trumpets, and tubas. Ziggy also brought together some of the biggest names in instrument design to work on the task of improving his products. This impressive list includes Byron Autrey, Mudge Miller, and Doc Severinsen (all of which have also been interviewed for this video collection).  Zig passed away in October 2016 at the age of 87.