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Orchestrion Value - Rebuild vs. Build-Up
By Peter Coggins

Art wrote:

> Why spend years building something that will never have much
> monetary value, when you could invest in an authentic piece of
> mechanical music history and hear music played the way it was
> intended to be heard?

As much as I personally would love to have many orchestrions and other
mechanical music goodies, there is a couple of answers to this
question.  Firstly, authentic orchestrions are not available here in
Australia (I'm sure Bernt finds the same in South Africa) and I doubt
I could afford the travelling over there to pick one up and transport
back, (not yet anyway).

Secondly, building something is a project, a hobby, and I have never
even considered the monetary value of such an instrument. They are not
always built just for their monetary value, I'm not building it to sell

There is also a large sense of achievement of making something.
Just my opinion for what its worth :)

Peter Coggins
(Blue Mtns. Australia)

(Message sent Tue 7 Apr 1998, 00:03:25 GMT, from time zone GMT+1000.)

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