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Paul Torin's Wurlitzer 164
By Jim Kenney

Another note on Paul Torin's 164.  Paul had a 26-inch figure of
Uncle Sam carved out of wood for "The General" (this was the name
of the organ).  Because most organs made outside of the U.S. had
bandmasters of some sort, Paul felt, "What better for an American
organ than Uncle Sam!"

The figure was holding a baton in his hand and the elbow was hinged
with leather.  Any time the bass drum would play he would quickly wave
the baton in a up-and-down motion.  Both Paul's 164 and his 157 were
kept in custom-made trailers and he rented them out for parades, etc.

Jim Kenney

(Message sent Fri 8 May 1998, 22:12:31 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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