I enjoyed reading Matthew Caulfield's article on Ray Siou as it
brought back happy memories of the time in the mid-1970's when I had
the pleasure of visiting Ray's fantastic warehouse. At that time
I was interested in enlarging my "A" roll collection. You can imagine
how awestruck I was just going down aisle after aisle of shelves with
rolls ready to be bought and packed.
True to form, I had to buy a minimum of twelve rolls if I was to get
the $10.OO per roll price. Well, since I flew from Vancouver to San
Francisco, I had no way of bringing back those bulky "A" rolls on
a plane. Therefore, I asked Ray to mail the dozen rolls to a friend
in Seattle, Washington. When the next AMICA chapter meeting was
scheduled, I drove down to Washington and my friend was kind enough
to unload the rolls into the trunk of my car. But I still had to pay
a hefty import duty when I brought them across the border into Canada.
I can't remember exactly how much I paid, but it certainly was more
than the price of three of Ray's rolls.
I also remember being entertained by his 165 Wurlitzer organ. Even
though my impression of Ray was that he was on the eccentric side,
he nevertheless was very courteous and friendly to me. At that time
I didn't realize that there would never be another opportunity to buy
rolls so cheaply. Ray Siou has certainly done more than his share so
that all of us collectors might enjoy our hobby that much more.
Burnaby, British Columbia