Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

Announcement: End-of-Year Fundraising Drive In Progress

Our End-Of-Year Fundraising drive is in progress. If you haven't contributed to the operation of the MMD in the last 12 months, this would be a great time to contribute. There's a PayPal link at the bottom of each page on the website.

If you aren't sure when you last contributed, please send me a note using the contact form at the bottom of this page and I'll look you up in my records.

Thank you for your generous support!
Jody

P.S. While your support is needed and appreciated, you do not need to contribute to be a subscriber. If you have subscribed and aren't receiving your Digest, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page and let me know. Thanks!

MMD > Archives > July 2005 > 2005.07.20 > 02Prev  Next


B&B Carousel Band Organ
By Matthew Caulfield

Dear Lisa,  I can give you a couple of names of people who are _very_
interested in that organ and are now worried about what will happen
to it.  But first let me correct two points.  Be sure when referring
to the carousel to spell the name "B&B Carousell" (with two L's).
That was its unique spelling.  Usually carousel is spelled "carousel,"
occasionally "carrousel."  But Bishoff & Brienstein spelled their
ride's name with one R and two L's.

I found this bit of history by a Google search:

 "I found no date for this ride's creation, although it ran for an
  undetermined amount of time in New Jersey before it was moved to
  Coney Island.  Most sources state that the ride arrived here in
  1932.  It was at this time that the fourth (outer) row of horses
  was removed to accommodate the ride at its new location.  The ride
  has 36 jumpers, 14 standers and 2 chariots.  The beautiful Gebruder
  organ still cranks out classic carousel tunes while the ride is
  spinning.  This ride is one that gives a hint of what Coney was
  like during the "nickel empire." The ride was bought by Mr. Bishoff
  and Mr. Brienstein in the thirties and sold to Mike Saltzstein and
  James McCullough in 1973.  Since then Mike operated and maintained
  the carousel while his partner ran an independent kiddie park."
  [ http://history.amusement-parks.com/bandb.htm ]

The reference to the organ in the quote as a "Gebruder organ" is a
common mistake.  It is a Bruder organ.  The mistake is rooted in the
fact that the name of the German company that made is the organ is
Gebrüder Bruder (translated, Bruder Brothers).  Non-German speakers
mistake the family name Bruder for the German word for "Brothers" and
therefore assume that the family name was Gebrüder.  In fact it is just
the opposite: the German word for Brothers is Gebrüder, and the family
name was Bruder.  So it is a Bruder organ, or -- to give it its full
official name -- a Gebrüder Bruder Elite Apollo organ.

The other thing I would correct is your impression that, when you
saw the organ in the 1980s, it was playing the folded cardboard "book"
music that it was made by Bruder to play.  The organ was converted by
the B.A.B. Organ Company of Brooklyn to play its 66-key paper rolls,
probably soon after it was brought into the U.S.  Book music is not
widely available in the U.S. and is very cumbersome to use in a
commercial setting like Coney Island would present in the 1930s.

(One small point, perhaps a typo, is the spelling of the name Mangels.)

As you doubtless know, Mike Saltzstein died suddenly July 4, 2001, his
death being discovered when the carousel didn't open for the Fourth of
July.

Here is another quote off the Internet that indicates that, while the
band organ was imported from Europe, the carousel was a Mangels
creation, as you doubtless know:

 "The B&B Carousell was built by William F. Mangels who maintained
  a shop on West Fifth Street of Coney Island.  The 36 jumpers, 14
  standers and 2 chariots were carved by George Carmel who lead
  the development of the "Coney Island" school of carousel carving.
  Mangels used a system of decoration with extensive beveled mirrors
  and a patented overhead transmission with direct gear connection
  which created a beautiful gliding motion. Mangels also preferred
  the spelling "carousell" for his creations.

 "The ride was originally located in New Jersey before coming to
  Coney Island in the 1930s when it was purchased by Mr. Bishoff and
  Mr. Brienstein. Later, in 1973 the B&B Carousell was sold to Mike
  Saltzstein and James McCullough."
  [ http://northstargallery.com/mermaidparade2003/coneyislandBBCarousell.htm ]

The people to contact for more information about the Bruder Elite Apollo
organ on the B&B Carousell are Larry Villano <larvl9@aol.com> and Jeff
Alterman <alterman@bestweb.net>.  Both are crazy about that organ.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York


(Message sent Wed 20 Jul 2005, 19:29:58 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  B&B, Band, Carousel, Organ

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   


Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google
Loading



CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2017 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

                                                       
Translate This Page

. .