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FS: CD Ruth Organ at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
By Robin Haas

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This recording was made by me, Robin Haas, in September 1965, when the
merry-go-round and the organ were housed in the original building and
the sound was not so contained by glass. It was recorded in monaural
with a very high quality recorder, an Ampex 400, running at 15 inches
per second.  Plenty of highs and bass sounds!

The organ was in fine shape that day, and the sounds of the
merry-go-round and its riders and the ring machine can be heard
non-invasively in the background.  This organ now is MIDI driven,
rather than with the punched rolls, as on this recording.

The CD is about 47 minutes long, and I was told by Matthew Caulfield
that the organ was playing 6-tune Wurlitzer style 165 rolls made by
Ralph Tussing (dba T. R. T. Manufacturing Company, the person who
bought the Wurlitzer band organ roll business when Wurlitzer got out
in 1946).  There are 16 tunes, from rolls 6707, 6715 and 6714 in that
order, done in the 1950's.  Missing is tune 6 of roll 6707 (Three Coins
in a Fountain, due to tape running out) and also missing is tune 6 of
6714, Colonel Bogey March, as it was not on the roll for some reason
when I recorded it).

The tune list of the CD is as follows:
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Please see my web site at for price and
purchasing particulars.  Or you can send a check or money order for
$14.00 (which includes shipping in the US) to Robin Haas, 343 Soquel
Ave #36, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2305.  This can also be paid using PayPal.
My account number there is:
My email is the same: <>

I can estimate the shipping cost for sending the CD to you outside the

I made some observations on the MGR and Ruth Band Organ in your MMD
archive of July 8, 1999, entry number 4.  I was a ride operator on the
merry-go-round for one summer just two years after I made this recording.

Robin Haas
Santa Cruz, Calif.

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