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Seeburg KT
By Stephen Kent Goodman

In a message dated 96-08-10 03:33:38 EDT, you write:

>Mine is a KT with Flute pipes. It is mahogany instead of oak and has
>> a stained glass window with two girls dancing and a third larger girl
>> sitting by a setting sun.. It plays on nickles and will play up to
>> 20 nickle accumulation. Is my orchestrion rare? how many do you
>> think exist in this configuration.

Most Seeburg KT's were quartered sawed oak cases with the American Eagle glass and single stike xylophone. My own was serial number 161238 which placed it approximately 1923. Only very few KT's had pipes (flute or violin) and the dancing girls art glass. Fewer still had mahogany cases as this wood was associated with very exclusive and high-class establishments. (Like the high-end brothels) I would imagine less than 6 instruments survive of this description, but all Seeburgs to my knowledge accept 20 nickels. Actually, I am surprised that it didn't have a quarter or half-dollar slot (factory equipped) as this must have been a special order KT. The serial number would probably date it from before WWI; instruments with pipes became more and more costly to produce after the war, hence the majority of models with xylophone. A real rarity!


S. K. Goodman

(Message sent Sat 10 Aug 1996, 16:14:34 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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