> The organ was very early in the possession of a funeral director
> (Baehrenfuehrer), who toted it around the countryside on a bier
> (a coffin rack), hence the name "Baehrenfuehrer-organ", the
> Funeral Director's Organ!
Although I am Dutch and not German I think Mr. Brommer meant something
else when he wrote about the "Baerenfuehrer". I am pretty sure that he
meant (literally) "Bear-leader", which means a man with a dancing bear,
a very popular attraction on fairs in the 19th century. So much the
better for the organ!
Hans van Oost, Holland
[ Ho-_ho_ !! It is my mistake, Hans. The thought makes me laugh!
[ It is logical that the organ goes with a dancing bear, but the
[ funeral director maybe has more money to buy an organ !
[ Here is the German text as I received it from Wolfgang. Note:
[ a-umlaut = ae, etc., because MMD must use only 7-bit ASCII.
[> Drehorgel Ignaz Blasius Bruder
[> Datiert : Simonswald 23.12.1829
[> bestiftete Holzwalze 10 Melodien
[> 23 Claves
[> 107 Pfeifen in 5 Registern
[> 66/34/55 cm
[> Die Orgel war sehr frueh in Besitz eines Baehrenfuehrers, der mit
[> Baehren ueber Land zog. Daher der Name "Baehrenfuehrer-Orgel"
[ "The organ was very early in the possession of a (dancing) bear
[ leader, who moved over the country with bears. Thus the
[ name "Bear-leader Organ."
[ I apologize to all our readers and friends of the Drehorgel !
[ ... Bahre, Bahren, Baer, Baeren, bear, bier, Bier ... = Beer !!
[ I owe a beer to each of you, Hans and Wolfgang ! :)
[ -- Robbie