Dear George, You have directed your inquiry to an illustrious group
of experts, who I am sure will give you more information than I am
providing. I visited the museum in the 1950's with my old reel-to-reel
tape recorder, and I remember cranking and recording a barrel organ
there, though probably not your Turconi, which you say is a barrel
According to information in Art Reblitz's "The Golden Age Of Automatic
Musical Instruments," which has a description of the Musical Museum on
pages 302-304, the contents of the museum did not go directly to auction
in 1998. The whole was sold to Donald Neilson, Sr., of Norristown,
Pennsylvania, who kept those instruments that interested him, while the
remainder and the real estate were auctioned in September 1998.
Art Reblitz also mentions that Art Sanders, the son of museum founder
Hardie Sanders, gave him copies of correspondence and photographs that
he had amassed over 40 years. So Art Reblitz or Don Neilson may just
possibly have information on your Turconi.
A local Rochester-area expert on barrel instruments that you might want
to contact for information is George (Jeff) Vincent. The email address
I have for him is not working, but our mutual friend Craig Smith, whom
you have also emailed here, may have a valid email for Jeff. Jeff
certainly is a gold mine of information on his field.
Matthew Caulfield (for the MBSI)
Irondequoit, New York (a Rochester suburb, not too far from Deansboro)