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Jack Schott and the Fort Worth Organ Factory
By Matthew Caulfield

Bill Luca's message to yesterday's MMD mentioning the Jack Schott Organ
Works, which is believed to be the source for a number of organs heard
on early band organ recordings, made me go to the MMD Archives to look
up what I and others posted back in 1997 on this subject.

If you look in the MMD Subject Archives under "Schott," you will find
that the five earliest messages listed there are about Jack, his wife,
and his business, known as the "Fort Worth Organ Factory."

The late Merrick Price, of Seabreeze Amusement Park, remembers Jack
Schott as a field serviceman for Wurlitzer.  Where I first ran into the
Schott name and his FWOF was when I was collecting band organ tape
recordings in the 1950's, when there were few to be had and the
circumstances of their recording could be very mysterious.  As I recall,
the Herschell Merri-Org records were advertised as being recorded from
an organ especially made for the purpose.

One of the postings in the MMD Archives says that Jack Schott did a lot
Of work for Lowell Stapf, of Amarillo, Tex.  Using Google, I dug up the
information that Lowell Stapf is still alive at 77 in Amarillo.  This
may be the son of the Stapf that Jack Schott worked for a half century
or more ago.  But I am going to write to him and see whether he can shed
new light on Jack Schott.

Matthew Caulfield,
Irondequoit, NY

(Message sent Sun 15 Oct 2006, 18:24:26 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Factory, Fort, Jack, Organ, Schott, Worth

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