Mea culpa! I erred on two counts in my report to the 07.03.04 MMD
about the eBay Ruth fraud.
First, the organ is a 52-key Ruth, not a 33-key'er. But more important:
the organ is presently in the collection of Galen Bird, Grandview,
Missouri, not in the Lane Thomas collection, as I was told.
Galen Bird wrote to me:
"It is my room and my Big Boy [that was pictured on eBay]. So it is
my 52-key organ. I don't know where the guy came up with the pic-
ture. I put it on eBay once, but can't remember when; it was several
months ago. [The listing] might have had that picture. It is easy
to see it is too big for a 33-key organ."
Galen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is apparently still interested in selling his
Ruth; so perhaps Freddy is not out of luck.