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A. Wagner & Levien Mexican Barrel Organ at eBay
By Roger Wiegand

The 'Mexican' organ currently on eBay looks so much like the little
brother of my Bacigalupo that I think they could have (and may have
been) hatched from the same shell.

The case hardware is identical, as is the layout and shape of the front
panels.  What's more, the pipe layouts, stops, and even some of the
string inlays are the same.

I'd be willing to bet that this organ was not made in Mexico, but
rather is a German organ with the name of the importer or owner inlaid
into the front.  (Or, perhaps, a very slavish copy.)

Roger Wiegand

 [ At
 [ if it's still posted.  Nice photos there.  The owner of my favorite
 [ local Mexican restaurant recalls an organ grinder in the 1940s playing
 [ in her village in Guadalajara.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 16 Dec 2000, 01:11:05 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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