Deagan

The J.C. Deagan Company was founded by John Calhoun Deagan in the late 1800s. Trained as a concert clarinetist, Deagan's dissatisfaction with the intonation of the glockenspiels used in theater orchestras with which he performed led him to experiment with the acoustics and tuning of the instrument. As a result of these experiments and his study of the German physicist Hermann Helmholtz's doctrine on acoustics, On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music (1862), Deagan developed the first scientifically tuned glockenspiel. This was the beginning of a career that has affected every musician and percussionist for the past 120 years.

The steady introduction of new products propelled J. C. Deagan Musical Bells into the 20th Century on a rising tide of success with a hallmark of unique instrument types, precision tuning and quality craftsmanship, along with many notable artists in the performing circuits using Deagan instruments. In addition to concert percussion instruments manufactured by Deagan, the company's newly-invented products were mostly novelty type instruments such as steel marimbaphones, aluminum chimes, tuned metal bamboos and cowbells, musical coins and musical rattles.



Deagan Products

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Deagan Aluminum Harp

Deagan Aluminum Harp

 
Deagan Celeste

Deagan Celeste

 
Deagan Celeste Song Bells Model 101

Deagan Celeste Song Bells Model 101

 
Deagan Celeste Song Bells Model 101

Deagan Celeste Song Bells Model 101

 
Deagan Celeste Song Bells Model 101

Deagan Celeste Song Bells Model 101

 
Deagan Electravibe Model 515

Deagan Electravibe Model 515

 
Deagan Electronic Carillon

Deagan Electronic Carillon