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Year vs Size

The table below shows how many tower tube instruments the J.C.Deagan Company produced each year, according to size (number of tones).  The "x2" and "x3" columns refer to instruments which contained two or three sets of tubes, respectively.  The table includes a row for unknown year of installation and a column for unknown size of instrument.  The "all sizes" column at right gives the total number of instruments produced for each year; the "all years" row at the bottom gives the total number of each size of instrument produced over the years.  Instruments known to have been enlarged by Deagan are counted at their final size and the year they reached that size.

NOTE: The first known installation, of unknown size, took place in December 1916, and is shown there with an asterisk (*).  It was enlarged in 1922, and is counted there.

YEAR 1 to 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 25 30 32 37 20x2 32x2 32x3 (unk) ALL SIZES
(unknown) 1 2 4
1916                                         * *
1917                                 1       1
1918           1                             1
1919                                         0
1920       1       2                         3
1921 1 1           2   1                     5
1922 2 7   2       6 2                       19
1923 1 13   1 1 2   15 2   1                   36
1924 1 19   4       11 9   3                   47
1925   11   7       19 4   2                   43
1926 1 18   5   1   12 3   5   1               46
1927   13   1   1   12 2 1 10     3             43
1928 1 10 1 1   1 1 13     4 1   2             35
1929   5 2         8 4   4     2             25
1930   7   2       4 1   3     4             21
1931 2 7           2 2         1             14
1932   2           1     2     1             6
1933   1                 2                   3
1934   1           1 1                       1 4
1935   3   1       1     1     2   1   1     10
1936 1 3           2 1         2             9
1937 1 1             1         1             4
1938       2       2           2             6
1939 1 3           2     1     2 1           10
1940   1           1           1   1         4
1941 1 1           5     1     1             9
1942               2                         2
1943                           1   1         2
1944                           1             1
1945                                         0
1946   1           1               5         7
1947 1 1                 1     2   2         7
1948 1               2                       3
1949               1 1                       2
1950 1                                   1   2
1951-55                                         0
1956                                       1(96) 1
1957                                         0
1958                                       1(97) 1
ALL YEARS 16 130 3 27 1 6 1 125 35 2 40 1 1 30 1 10 1 1 1 2 1 435

Altogether 435 instruments are known to have been made, as can be seen from the bottom right corner of the table above.  However, the actual total production may have been somewhat more; the corporate listing does not mention at least one relocation done by Deagan, and it appears to omit installations which they could have known had been destroyed, scrapped or replaced.  (A count of 439 has been reported elsewhere, but we have been unable to confirm that number.)

For a similar reason, the table cannot be used to compute how many tower tubes were produced in a given year; some instruments had begun with fewer tones in an earlier year, and of those, some were enlarged while others were replaced with larger instruments or with similar-sized sets of better-tuned tubes.  It is also possible that some of the replaced instruments were recycled (in whole or in part) into later installations.


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