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Eakins Special
By Gerry Bay

The Eakins Special a.k.a. The Beale Street Special featured on the
cover of Nickel Music and other albums is, indeed, a Coinola Reproduco
modified to add percussion and play "O" rolls.  It was located near
the entrance to the Gay 90's Museum owned by Eakins and was reportedly
quite a crowd pleaser.  It was also featured on "What's My Line" and
"I've Got a Secret".  It then went into the Disney collection and then
I bought it and restored it a couple of years ago.  Pictures and sound
tracks of the instrument are on several record albums.  It is a
terrific sounding instrument and, because of the visibility of the
percussion, it continues to be a favorite with our house guests and
visitors.


(Message sent Fri 6 Aug 1999, 10:57:12 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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