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RE: New York State Band Organs
By Matthew Caulfield

There is a Wurlitzer 153 band organ at Nunley's Carousel, Baldwin, Long Island (now closed, owned by the county, pending decisi on on where and how to operate). There are several in New York City: Central Park, Prospect Park, Forest Park, and Flushing Meadows, a big old fellow, playing 81-key B.A.B. rolls on one tracker and Wurlitzer 165 on the other. Bob Conant should step in here and refine these data and add about Binghamton area organs.

BTW, the Ontario Beach Park carousel band organ in Rochester, N.Y. (at Charlotte) is not an old restored organ. It is a Stinson "Wurlitzer" 165 band organ made by Don Stinson ago for Monroe County Parks Department, which operates the carousel (a very old, nice Dentzel restored by Bill Finkenstein. But for a carousel that will knock your socks off, go to Seabreeze and wonder at their all-hand-carved new machine replacing the one that they accidentally burned down on March 31, 1994, while making roof repairs. I hear that Dynamic Recordings, which made the three recordings of their late Wurlitzer 165 (and has more recordings of that organ in master form but not yet released) was out there earlier this month making recordings from the new organ, which was made by Verbeeck in Belgium to Wurlitzer 165 specifications. The organ has no facade yet. Seabreeze is commissioning a replica 165 facade this winter, if all goes as planned. They were down here taking measurements and pictures from the Glen Echo Wurlitzer 165 last month.

(Message sent Thu 14 Nov 1996, 17:42:12 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Band, New, Organs, State, York

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