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About Theodore (Theodor) August Gast was born October of 1874 in Germany and immigrated to the United States. He was married to Martha Schal...

Theodore August Gast of the Harmony Company

About

Theodore (Theodor) August Gast was born October of 1874 in Germany and immigrated to the United States. He was married to Martha Schalk in the year 1900 [3]. In the 1910 census he was listed as a worker in a musical instrument factory [4]. By 1917 he was the shop foreman at the Harmony Company [1]. In 1940, he was listed as violin maker for an unnamed musical instrument company [2]. He died in 1955 [5].

Airplane Bridge (1928)

Gast designed the airplane bridge and X bracing that appears on the Harmony Johnny Marvin, Roy Smeck, and similar higher end models from the era. 


Tailpiece Connected To The Back (1931)

This is a unique patent for a tailpiece that connects to the back of the guitar because, as the patent states, the back isn't directly affected by the vibration of the strings compared to the top.

Sources

[1]
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-L14N-99FR?i=2243&cc=1968530&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3A743Z-YHZM 
[2] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9MB-JKFH?i=12&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AK4M8-P2X
[3] https://www.newspapers.com/image/350275873/?terms=%22theodore%2Bgast%22
[4] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RV9-H92?i=36&cc=1727033&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AMK8S-932
[5] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184902346/theodore-august-gast

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