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RE: Tilden Regional Park Band Organ
By Matthew Caulfield

A.B. Bonds mentions "B&B" organs in his query about the Tilden organ, associating that company with Brooklyn. His (not-very- well-informed) informant must mean the B.A.B. Organ Company of Brooklyn, now out of business, its equipment being bought by Senator Bovey and later divided with Ozzie Wurdeman (now owned by Ed Openshaw, BTW) and its name owned by Gavin McDonough. B.A.B. stood for the three Italian owners, Ervista Bona (not Borna, as often reported), Andrew Antoniazzi, and Dominic Brugnolotti. The company made no organs; their business consisted in converting organs playing hard-to-get music systems to the B.A.B. roll system, making such music rolls, and repairing organs.

If Mr. Bonds doesn't get an answer to his question as to the identity of the organ in question, he should contact John Davis (34 Rubio Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 is the latest address I have for him). His father, Ross R. Davis, owned the Tilden Regional Park MGR, as well as the Griffith Park MGR in Hollywood. John would know the true facts. Don Rand would too (207-354-8033), but he might be harder to contact because he often doesn't respond to his phone until he identifies the caller via his answering machine (busy cutting Clark Orchestra rolls or some such activity, I guess).

(Message sent Thu 14 Nov 1996, 17:06:12 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Band, Organ, Park, Regional, Tilden

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