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Seeburg L "Lilliputian" Cabinet Model
By Art Reblitz

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Hi Steve, Many styles of Seeburg pianos had nicknames:

A - The Sturdy Performer
B - The Artistic Automatic
C (early style) - C Art
C (late style) -  Xylophonian
E - The Automatic Master
E Special - All-Purpose Orchestrion
G - Art Style Orchestrion
J & H -  Solo Orchestrion
K & KT - Midget Orchestrion
KT Special - Matchless Orchestrion
L - Lilliputian (to distinguish it from the earlier L Orchestra,
    which had a keyboard and played G rolls)

Collectors have never used the nicknames, but simply call each model
by its letter designation.

In the early 1960s before Vestal Press reprinted old automatic
music literature and published the important books in the field,
and I was in high school, we didn't know what to call certain models.
The pioneer collectors in the Midwest for many years called the
cabinet-style L the "Seeburg Junior" or "Junior Seeburg".

The term was probably coined by Al Svoboda; all the other collectors
in the Midwest knew him and the name took hold.  I don't think it was
widely used in other parts of the country.  "Junior" is dying out today,
now that younger collectors don't remember people who were active in
the 1950s or 1960s.

Al Svoboda had three Seeburg Gs and an "odd Seeburg G with a round top"
the identity of which wasn't known.  Then Dave Bowers included an ad for
it with its correct name, the L Orchestra, in his new book (in 1966),
"Put Another Nickel In."

Art Reblitz

 [ More about Seeburg and many other instruments in the book, "The
 [ Golden Age of Automatic Musical Instruments", by Arthur A. Reblitz,
 [ edited by Q. David Bowers, and available at
 [  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 7 Aug 2016, 20:39:12 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

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