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De Prins

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Petrus De Prins Established his Firm in Borgerhout Antwerpen.

During the first World War production was stopped. In 1918 De Prins sons Karel, Gustaaf and Louis started up the firm again as Gebroeders (brothers) De Prins and they continued into the 1950s. Pre WWI horns from DePrins are engraved DEPRINS and post WWI Horns are engraved DEPRINS Gebr. or DePrins Freres.

In the 1980s, DePrins stopped producing Brass instruments. They were all handmade and they could not compete with automated firms. They kept their Musical Instrument shop for another 10 years. The biggest part of their factory inventory is now in a small museum Called "Museum van het ambacht, Gebroeders de Prins" (trans. Museum of handicraft, Brothers De Prins) in the town of Wommelgem near Antwerpen in Belgium.

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