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Seek Parts for J.C. Deagan New World Carillon
By Bob Baker

Believe it or not, following recent discussions published in MMD, I've
been approached by a customer who wishes to restore a J.C. Deagan New
World Carillon.

I was under the impression that the Mayland Company, of somewhere in
Ohio, had purchased the remaining inventory of Deagan carillon rolls and
player parts.  Does anyone know if this is so and what Mayland
Company's current address is?  I could not find them in my 1996 Nat'l.
Ass'n. of Music Merchants Directory.

The customer's installation currently has about 20 multi-tune paper
music rolls for the New World Carillon.  Is there any interest in
transcribing these into MIDI file format?

I'll confess that MIDIfying such an arcane automatic musical instrument
is loaded with all kinds of possibilities.  During my college years,
I was unable to escape hearing "Coming Home", from Dvorak's "New World
Symphony", played every evening at 6 PM on an actual 39-ton tower
carillon.  A nearby carillon "on the green" would play Cole Porter's
"Night and Day" occasionally.  Not bad.

Nowadays, a carillon version of "(I Cain' Get No) Satisfaction" or
Gentry's "Keep on Dancin'" might raise a few townie eyebrows.  Folk
rock artist Neil Young has been known to use cottage reed organs on his
songs.  Maybe it's time to promote the synthesized carillon for songs
beyond "Our Gang Comedy" incidental music.

Bob Baker - Electric Orchestras, Inc.
Libertyville, IL

 [ Gordy Forcier wrote in 981120 MMDigest that Mayland, Deagan Chimes,
 [ and Reisner are owned by
 [   Organ Supply Industries
 [   P.O. Box 8325, Erie, PA 16505-0325
 [   tel.: 1-800-374-3674
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 27 Sep 2002, 21:50:32 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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