Museum Quality Historic Restoration
Bringing Antique Carousels Back to Their Original Glory
Brass Ring Entertainment specializes in museum quality restorations. We set the standard used today by many museums and organizations. We offer original paint recovery and full documentation. Amusement park restorations also available. Bring your antique carousel back to its original glory.
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America’s Most Experienced Carousel Restoration Company
Brass Ring Entertainment [BRE] owner, Daniel Horenberger, has been actively involved in carousel restoration for more than 30 years.
BRE has experience with the restoration of Classic Historic Antique Carousels produced by every major 20th Century American Carousel Manufacturer: Looff Carousels, Illions Carousels, Dentzel Carousels, PTC Carousels, Herschell-Spillman Carousels, Carmel Carousels, Dare Carousels, Parker Carousels and Allan Herschell Carousels. From 1880′s steam carousels, classic 1920′s wooden machines to the more modern aluminum carousels we have done them all. Let our experience work for you.
BRE is the leader in documentation. Every step is completely photo documented. “Do you know what’s under the paint on your carousel”? You do if Brass Ring Ent. restored it. From the removal of the paint, repair of the wood, to the new paint application, you will receive photo evidence of the restoration.
Not only after the project but also during the project photos of work can be view on our Current Projects Page page at www.Carousel.com. BRE is the only company that allows you to watch from your computer as we restore your carousel. This not only helps you today, but also generations from now when the question is asked, “What’s under the paint”?
BRE has set a new standard in carousel restoration. In the past, restoration were left it up to an chosen artist to design the carousel colors. At BRE, we also offer the option of restoring your historic carousel to the original factory colors and style of painting that it had the day it was produced. We have one of the largest collections of original paint documentations in the world at our disposal. No other company has completed so many back to original paint carousel restorations in America. Once we finish the carousel restoration, the owner is a furnished with complete documentation of the restoration, photos of original carousel animals used to document the restoration, a museum standard of paint conservation, and a museum standard of paint color specifications. This will allow you to keep your carousel in the original colors forever.
At BRE we have the ability to make anything. Our specialty is our carousel gears, bearings and crankshafts. The original gears were made of cast iron. They lasted 80 years – if taken care of. We manufacture precision cut steel gears that are then flame hardened. They will last forever.
A common problem with all carousel restorations has been the factory-original “bent style” crankshafts used on Classic Carousels. These crankshafts have always been the weakest link in a carousel and have limited the weight that could be placed on an animal.
BRE has eliminated this twisting crankshaft problem by manufacturing a skillfully-engineered welded crankshaft. This new shaft will allow your carousel to be ridden by today’s larger customer without a problem. Over our many years of restoring carousels, we have built an extensive surplus of parts and patterns needed in museum quality carousel restorations of every manufacturer. And, if we don’t have it we can make it.
Making Carousels Meet Today’s Ride Standards
There are many things that can be “Grandfathered-in” on a historic carousel, but some upgrades are a necessity for public and operator safety. Removing asbestos wiring, non UL electrical panels, and adding a great many requirements by OSHA have to be met. Meeting ADA standards without damaging the antique integrity of the carousel can be achieved. Child-Safe step-ups and double safeties on the horses need to be added for public safety. Let BRE upgrade your carousel to Safe Modern Riding Standards without destroying its original antique look and feel. And with safety requirements and restrictions varying from state to state, we have the experience and knowledge to help you be sure your machines meets and passes any and all local, regional and/or state codes.
For over 30 years Brass Ring Entertainment’s main business has been the restoration of carousels and band organs, working on hundreds of machines in the US and overseas – a track record that is unequaled in the industry. With little more than word-of-mouth and our past history for promotion years, we have been able to put together one of the most impressive client lists in the carousel world.
Over the years we have been involved in the restoration of everything from the largest and most famous Grand park carousels from every one of the historic builders like Philadelphia Toboggan Co. [PTC], Dentzel and Looff, as well as working on countless smaller traveling rides from legendary builders like C. W. Parker and Allan Herschell. From amusement parks large and small, corporate and family owned, to big cities and small towns, and local government agencies, to non-profits and private party owners, Brass Ring Ent. has extensive experience in handling the needs of each and every individual customer.
Carousels are unique pieces of equipment. In order to properly restore an antique carousel, you need to rely on someone who has extensive experience and an established track record, someone who can handle all aspects of a professional restoration.
Brass Ring Entertainment has assembled the finest crew of artisans and engineers in the business. As a team they have been restoring carousels for over 15 years and have built up a large inventory of parts, patterns and equipment to assist in any restoration project.
Brass Ring is a world leader in antique carousel restoration and repair. Let Brass Ring’s experienced staff of artists and mechanics bring your machine back to its original glory and do it right the first time.