I'm seeking to determine which instruments have been on public display
at Clark's Trading Post, Lincoln, New Hampshire, that are no longer
there. Although I would like to know about any instruments which used
to be in the collection, I am specifically interested to know why Clark's
was or is in possession of a style 165 band organ roll (roll 6658,
according to a note in Matthew Caulfield's catalogue).
There are no instruments currently at Clark's which use that roll,
although it's possible that the large Artizan there was converted to
play 165 rolls (although I don't believe so, since the one tune I have
heard it play is not listed in the catalogue's tune index and sounds
more like the Artizan style). I would also be interested if anyone
happens to have any information about the history of any of the
instruments currently in the collection.
In addition to the Artizan, the instruments on public display at
present are three Link orchestrions of different instrumentations,
a Mills Double Violano, a Tangley Calliaphone, a Seeburg E, a Seeburg
G, two Seeburg Ks or KTs (one with violin pipes and the other with
xylophone), a Seeburg L, a Wurlitzer 146B, a Wurlitzer CX, and a
Wurlitzer IX. There is also a very small Wurlitzer band organ, not
exactly on public display but tucked away between a display case and
a wall in one of the museums.
I am 99.9 percent certain, as they say, that none of these instruments
uses 165 rolls. Clark's has been around for over eighty years, and
I would guess that at one time they did have an instrument which used
165 rolls. I am aware that they used to have a Western Electric
orchestrion and a Coinola orchestrion, but obviously neither of these
instruments used 165 rolls either.
Finally, I would appreciate the name of and any contact information
for whoever takes care of the Clark's instruments these days. One of
the ladies with whom I am friendly in the gift shop thought that this
person is a semi-retired man who is fairly local, but she couldn't
think of his name.
Thanks to anyone who can help,
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[ -- Robbie