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American Plating

American Plating & Manufacturing Company (APM), based in Chicago, has recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary as a musical product manufacturer. APM is one of the largest domestic manufacturers of band instrument parts and accessories, having been founded in 1902. The first generation owner, Charles Urban Sr., had begun his career in the music industry at age 14 when he got a job at a music store to supplement his family’s income.

APM originated as a specialist in plating and lacquering fenders for horse-drawn buggies and early model cars.With Charles Sr.’s interest in music, the business advanced in the 1920’s into repairing and re-commissioning brass band instruments, including plating, polishing and lacquering. During WWII, APM was one of a few authorized businesses to repair musical instruments used in all branches of the Armed Services. APM later began manufacturing band instrument parts as a by-product of instrument repairs, and the company eventually ceased instrument repairs in order to focus on band instrument component/accessory manufacturing.

APM uses a combination of manual and automated processes to manufacture a variety of musical instrument parts and accessories, including: lyres, ligatures, mouthpiece caps, valve cleaners, Steven Steels, American Fifes and American Song Whistles. In recent years, APM has adapted its plating technology to incorporate specialty plating for the electrical power transmission industry.

APM’s customer base can be found across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Major customers for whom APM works with include: Conn-Selmer, Yamaha, Rico, and LeBlanc. APM also manufactures a great deal of private label and aftermarket accessories for wholesale to distributors.

From horse drawn carriage fenders in the Midwest to the global supply of high quality musical instrument parts, APM has demonstrated the flexibility to meet its customers’ evolving needs, and to move into new product lines, precisely because it is a family owned company.
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American Plating Alto Sax Mouthpiece Kit
Regular Price: $24.15
The Music Den Price $19.99
American Plating Bari Sax Mouthpiece Kit
Regular Price: $70.20
The Music Den Price $52.99
American Plating Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece Kit
Regular Price: $70.99
The Music Den Price $52.99
American Plating Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece Kit
Regular Price: $22.85
The Music Den Price $18.99
American Plating Bent Trumpet Lyre Laquered
Regular Price: $7.10
The Music Den Price $4.99
American Plating Clarinet Ligature
Regular Price: $5.64
The Music Den Price $4.99
American Plating Clarinet Lyre With Ring Nickel
Regular Price: $10.35
The Music Den Price $6.99
American Plating Saxophone Lyre Brass
Regular Price: $7.45
The Music Den Price $4.99
American Plating Straight Trumpet Lyre Laquered
Regular Price: $6.80
The Music Den Price $4.99
American Plating Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Kit
Regular Price: $26.85
The Music Den Price $21.99
American Plating Trombone Lyre Nickel
Regular Price: $11.20
The Music Den Price $7.99
American Plating Valve Instrument Clamp On Lyre
Regular Price: $15.20
The Music Den Price $10.99
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