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Crank Organs by Alan Pell
By Angelo Rulli

I appreciated the recent articles about crank organs and roll music
for them.  I have been the US distributor for crank organs made by
Alan Pell (Lincolnshire, UK) since 1992 and have used his organs in
my avocation as an organ grinder since 1985.

Pell organs are known for their durability; my personal busker organ
has traveled over 11,000 miles and has been cranked for hundreds of
hours without fail.  Equally important, the music for Pell roll organs
is arranged by Alan, who is a master musician, and it shows, so to

Pell sets himself apart from other makers by providing traditional
roll-playing organs and electronic (chip) organs.  The roll models
come in the following sizes: 25-note/37 pipes, 31-note/84 pipes,
and 45-note/105 pipes.  Prices range from $7,500-$19,000.  Band
organs ranging from 30 to 65 notes are also available.

The most popular Pell organ, and the best-selling crank organ of all
time, is the Pell 21-note busker organ that operates on the electronic
chip system.  Weighing only 21 pounds, and with music arranged by the
renowned Melvyn Wright, this organ redefines the amount of music that
can be produced on such a small, convenient organ.  In fact, it rivals
organs of much larger scale and size.

While the roll system, and in fact the original barrel organs, will
always be the favorite among traditional grinders, the chip system
overwhelms roll and barrel organs because it's possible to have hours
of music in the organ and ready to play at the push of a button,
besides the convenience and simplicity of not having boxes of rolls
at hand.

The busker organ sells for $3,500, including 20 tunes, leather strap,
battery and charger, and nylon cover, delivered to your door, with
a one-year money-back guarantee.  To date there are 80 busker organs
in use in the U.S.  For further details please write to me at
<>.  My web site at will
be ready February 1.

Angelo Rulli
St. Paul, MN

(Message sent Sat 27 Jan 2001, 14:42:54 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

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