[ ... forwarded to MMD ... ]
From: email@example.com (Matthew Caulfield)
To: PERRRFECTGUY@webtv.net (Gordon Forcier)
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 10:58:37 -0800
Subject: Re: B.A.B. band organs?
[ Gordon Forcier wrote to Matthew Caulfield: ]
> Hi Matt, I should have told you this, but B.A.B. did make a few band
> organs. I seen one in a parade in Deer River, MN, back around 1978.
> It played 48-key B.A.B. rolls and also had a drum director on it.
> After the parade, I made a close inspection of the organ and seen the
> name Bona, Antoniozzi, and Brugnolotti on the wind chest (stamped on,
> of course).
> The header of the front of the organ bore the company name "B.A.B.
> Organ Works", in bold gold with black highlighting. The organ colors
> were cream color with red and blue trim, sporting gold and silver
> leafing on the carvings. The pipes, however, were the most beautiful
> sounding pipes I had ever heard, not like Wurlitzer, Artizan, Niagara,
> or North Tonawanda band organs; not even European organs.
> I found out that the organ was owned by a druggist in Park Rapids,
> MN. Alas, however, I do not know much more than my wishing that I
> had a recording of the organ. Oh, how sweet that thing sounded.
> I asked Tom Wurdeman if he knew about it, but he didn't either.
> Season's Greetings,
Gordy, This is good to know and sheds light on a question that has
been controversial. Can I, or will you, send this to MMD as a
correction to my posting? I hope that MMD will someday be a valuable
archive of otherwise lost lore.
[ Another choice morsel has floated to the surface ! Has anyone seen
[ this organ recently? Who is the current owner? -- Robbie