When I read Fred Fey's inquiry in 110114 MMDigest about where to get
a replacement gear for his Wurlitzer duplex roll frame, the name
"Doyle Lane" immediately came to mind. Then I sadly realized in the
next moment that Doyle is gone.
Does anyone know what has become of Doyle's mechanical music restoration
business and, more importantly, all the miscellaneous parts that he
acquired from the estate of Ralph Tussing?
Years ago when I needed a replacement gear for my Wurlitzer 146-A,
I was going to contact Doyle until a mechanic friend looked at the
gearing on the organ and said, "I bet you can get all or most of them
from Boston Gear." He was right, and I did get what I needed from
Boston Gear. It rather stands to reason that Wurlitzer would have
used stock gears to the greatest extent possible.
I remember visiting Doyle up in Middletown Springs, Vermont, and seeing
shelf after shelf of parts and pieces. Doyle said then that the most
desirable parts had been sold off, but that he had pipe freins and the
like to last for two lifetimes and more. Some of the parts he didn't
even know the purpose of, but if you sent him the part you needed
replaced, he would try to match it.
If Fred Fey can't find a stock gear to replace the one he has, perhaps
this is a job for Bob Streicher in Pond Eddy, New York (see Randolph
Herr's note to the 110107 MMD).
Irondequoit, New York
[ Robert "Bob" Streicher
[ P. O. Box 36
[ Pond Eddy, New York 12770-0039
[ tel.: 1-570-559-7403 (in Shohola, Pennsylvania)
[ P. O. Box 39 previously reported is incorrect. Al Pebworth talked
[ recently with Bob Streicher who said it's Box 36. -- Editor (Robbie)