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Carousel Music Only During Rides or Continuous
By Art Reblitz

- The Kit Carson County Carousel, fairground, Burlington, Colorado:
The Wurlitzer Style 155 "Monster" band organ plays only during rides.
Rides are given daily during the tourist season once every half hour,
for just 25 cents!

- Santa's Workshop at the North Pole, Cascade, Colorado:
Two band organs: an early Wurlitzer 125 is situated across a walkway
from the carousel, and a small North Tonawanda is near a junction of
walkways that fan out into several areas of the park.  Each organ has
a timer that plays it for ten minutes each half hour for people walking
by.  The carousel has a sound system that plays band organ recordings
the rest of the time; the band organ timer turns the carousel sound
system off when the organ plays.  There is also background music
throughout the park that can be heard near the other band organ when
it's not playing.

- City Park, Pueblo, Colorado:
The carousel and kiddie rides that operate for several hours most
evenings of the week in the summer.  I believe they play the Wurlitzer
146 continuously some of the time, and only when the carousel is
operating the rest of the time.

- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs:
Seems to play only when the carousel is operating.

- The Eden Palais Salon Carousel at the Sanfilippo Foundation:
The carousel includes an 89-key Gavioli organ restored by Johnny
Verbeeck.  It has a cradle for a continuous loop of cardboard music
so it doesn't require its own operator.  It is played whenever rides
are given on the carousel.

Requiring band organ music to be turned off during a ride for safety
reasons seems pretty stupid.  Band organ music is the heart of the
carousel.  Do they make people who ride wooden roller coasters wear
noise-canceling headsets now?  The last few times we've gone to the
major amusement park in Denver, the magnificent carousel either had
a Walkman-type device playing nondescript music, or no music at all.

Art Reblitz
Colorado Springs, Colorado 

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