Two weeks ago a lady in Tampa, Florida, contacted the MBSI's web site
in an attempt to reunite some orphaned book music she has with the
Bursens organ it properly belongs with. The mix-up happened at the
chaotic Miles Musical Museum auction held June 20 & 21, 1997, in
Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A quick look in the MMD archives will
testify to the chaos that the inexperienced auctioneers caused at
that auction, mixing the wrong music with the wrong organs and the
wrong cylinders with the wrong music boxes.
The lady from Tampa bought the "Diamond Lil" dance organ at the auction
plus the book music for it. On getting home, she discovered that some
of the Diamond Lil books were missing and that she had about 10 books
for a Bursens dance organ that don't go with Diamond Lil. She would
like to reunite those orphan books with the organ they are meant for.
With the MBSI's help, she has contacted Beatrice Robertson Farmer,
who was at the auction, Elise Roenigk, who lives in Eureka Springs
and whose late husband Marty doubtlessly would have been at the
auction, and a few other people, all without results. A post-auction
price list posted to the MMD archives by Beatrice Robertson Farmer
lists two Bursens; but of course it doesn't say who the purchasers were.
With the lady's permission, I am here seeking the collective wisdom
of the MMD to see whether anyone knows to whom the music books she has
might belong. She doesn't want any money; she just wants to reunite
the orphan music with the Bursens organ they go with. Of course, it
would be gratifying to her if, in the process, she discovered some of
the missing music from her Diamond Lil.
Anyone with information or potential leads should email her at
firstname.lastname@example.org (deleting ".geentroep"). I would
appreciate being copied on the replies. That is not essential, but
I would like to watch the story unfold, as I think it will with the
help of my amazing fellow MMDers.
Irondequoit, New York