From 1838 to 1839, Rohe
operated a music importing business in Philadelphia. In 1840 he
moved to New York. In 1846, while in New York, Rohe advertised that
in addition to importing instruments, he also manufactured "cornets,
trombones, hibocornos, clavicor, neocor, bombardon, valve trumpets,
& etc; also guitars and all kinds of woodwind instruments."
In 1851, Rohe and a partner named
Leavitte - a member of a family of importers active in the city -
established the firm Rohe & Leavitte. They advertised
as "Manufacturers of Superior Quality saxhorns and other brass
instruments". Their firm remained in business until 1863, when it is
probable that they were bought out by Stratton & Foote.
Rohe might have been the same person as "J. A. Rohe" who was active
in Paris during this period.
Rohe died in New York in 1869.
Instruments bearing his stamp are found in several collections.
Click here to see a
Boxed Bb Cornet with
Ab Crook marked Rohe & Leavitte.