Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

Announcement: End-of-Year Fundraising Drive In Progress

Our End-Of-Year Fundraising drive is in progress. If you haven't contributed to the operation of the MMD in the last 12 months, this would be a great time to contribute. There's a PayPal link at the bottom of each page on the website.

If you aren't sure when you last contributed, please send me a note using the contact form at the bottom of this page and I'll look you up in my records.

Thank you for your generous support!

P.S. While your support is needed and appreciated, you do not need to contribute to be a subscriber. If you have subscribed and aren't receiving your Digest, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page and let me know. Thanks!

MMD > Archives > September 2000 > 2000.09.24 > 04Prev  Next

B.A.B. vs. Wurlitzer Band Organ Music
By Matthew Caulfield

I'm going to keep my preference in the B.A.B. vs. Wurlitzer question
a deep secret.  But reading the two excellent responses to Jeff
Alterman's query in 000918 MMDigest moves me to mention that the sound
you get out of a given music book or roll depends to a degree on the
organ it is played on.

I realized this most clearly on hearing Wurlitzer 150 rolls played on
John and Jeanne Malone's Wurlitzer 165 band organ.  Those 150's sounded
so much richer and fuller on the 165 than on a 146 or even a 153 --
solely because of the pipe complement they were driving in the 165.

Conversely, it is probably not fair to B.A.B. or to J. Lawrence Cook,
the company's only arranger, to judge their musical quality from the
B.A.B.-to-Wurlitzer transcriptions that Play-Rite made.  I'm told that
B.A.B. rolls played on an organ that Borna, Antoniazzi, and Brugnolotti
[Messr's B.A.B.] converted to play their B.A.B. roll system are things
of breathtaking beauty.  I have heard the Coney Island Bruder organ,
which is such an organ, in person and also some tapes of other B.A.B.
organs.  My breath stayed with me, but I do admit hearing an improvement
over the transcription rolls.

So keep in mind that there is a symbiosis between the punched holes and
the instrument they drive.

Matthew Caulfield

(Message sent Sun 24 Sep 2000, 14:42:35 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  B.A.B, Band, Music, Organ, vs, Wurlitzer

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2017 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .