Craig Smith hosted Giovanni Zanin's visit to the Rochester, N.Y., area
and may report on it. But in case not, here is a little information.
Friday they made a visit to Jeff Vincent to see his monkey organs and
the theater organ he has installed in his house. Craig also showed
Giovanni his own musical collection, I am sure.
On Saturday Craig took Giovanni to Canandaigua, N.Y., in the Finger
Lake region, to tour the Parsons Pipe Organ Builders factory. In the
early afternoon they came out to Seabreeze Amusement Park to see the
Verbeeck replica Wurlitzer 165 band organ. I had two passes waiting at
the office for them since I was running the Merry-Go-Round that
They arrived at just about my break time so I took Craig and Giovanni
behind the organ so that they could inspect its works. "Morning, Noon,
and Night In Vienna" and "Zampa Overture" were playing at the time.
Giovanni listened, smiled a lot, shook his head in occasional wonder-
ment, and asked a few questions, whenever quiet passages in the music
Then I switched the organ to play the other roll on the other tracker
frame, so Giovanni could see how smoothly the Wurlitzer transfer
mechanism operates. He was treated to the opening bars of Hermann
Starcke's "With Sword And Lance." Giovanni took a photo of Craig and
me in front of the Seabreeze Merry-Go-Round, and then I had to go back
to work, leaving them to look around the park.
After Seabreeze they planned to drive the short distance alone the
lake shore to Ontario Beach Park to see the Stinson band organ there.
Giovanni is a very pleasant man, younger than I expected. And to my
mind Craig looks a little like Q. David Bowers. I hope they enjoyed
their park visit, short as it was, as much as I did.