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Wurlitzer Band Organ Operating Instructions
By Matthew Caulfield

I suppose that Bob Stewart wants the copy of Wurlitzer operating
instructions mentioned in today's MMDigest 041009, not for the
information contained but for the sake of historical accuracy.

I have seen very few Wurlitzer instructional pieces that contain
any useful information, the possible exception being their one-page
instructions for tuning Wurlitzer's smaller band organs.  Even those
are not terribly helpful, and instructions for tuning their larger
organs, styles 157 and up, which would be very desirable to have,
apparently never existed.

Wurlitzer seemed to want to give as little help as possible to owners
of their products, expecting them instead to rely on Wurlitzer route
men for maintenance or to return machines to the factory for major
work.  Wurlitzer advertising urged band organ owners to ship their
organs to the North Tonawanda factory over the winter months in order
to have them ready to go in the spring.

If Bob fails to locate a copy of the instructions he wants (a small
rectangular sheet pasted inside the organ door and titled "Instructions
for Operating Perforated Roll Music in Band Organs"), he should be able
to find it on one of the small organs at any large band organ rally.
I've seen it on more than one organ.

Matthew Caulfield (Irondequoit, N.Y.)

 [ The text of "Instructions for Tuning Military Band Organs"
 [ is reproduced at http://mmd.foxtail.com/Tech/tuningWurOrgan.html
 [ -- Robbie


(Message sent Sun 10 Oct 2004, 14:53:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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