Hi All, Joyce Brite expressed some concern over the fact that
a music box disk was used as an ornament. All I can say is ...
Having been in thousands of homes I can attest to the fact that
Hollywood is not the only place where parts of mechanical musical
instruments are used as ornaments. But I think the cutest one I ever
saw was a spinal column made out of used hammer heads. They were glued
together sort of like this: YAYAYA (I hope you get the picture).
What was even more interesting was the 'way' it was glued together.
It was super-glued felt-to-felt and when removed from the wall,
it could be wiggled side-to-side (I hope you're getting this mental
image). It almost looked like a real spine. Oh, by the way, it was
in the home of a chiropractor. :-)
The very next time I removed a set of hammers that were actually still
pretty decent, I made one. They're cute!
But back to Joyce's concern.
A few months back, I was in the home of an elderly retired couple
when I thought I spied what looked like a console-type roller organ.
Sitting on top of the 'table' was a rather large potted plant which,
upon inspection, had been over-watered more than once and the excess
water had spilled over the sides and onto the top of the machine.
It was a very sad picture. The top was bowing up and the veneer was
separating from the base wood. Removing the potted plant and opening
this little jewel up, I found, to my horror, that the water had dripped
inside and the metal parts inside were rusting.
Wanting to rescue the piece, I offered to buy it for what I considered
a more than fair price. The elderly gentleman liked the idea, and
considering their fixed-income situation, saw it as found money. But
since it belonged to his wife, she had the final say. Her viewpoint
was entirely different. She said, and I quote, "OH NO!, I need it for
And what's sadder yet, the dozen or so rolls were thrown into a
cardboard box, unprotected and when I removed one for inspection, it
started falling apart in my hands.
Moral: One man's treasure is another man's (woman's) trash!
And I feel certain that Hollywood has trashed _millions of dollars_
worth of salvageable, if not totally rebuildable instruments. So don't
be sad Joyce, it happens all the time in even the most unlikely of
John A. Tuttle
|_____|____"We Keep The Music Rolling"____|_____|
[ The 'Kilroy' above reminds me of Andy Taylor and the rolling
[ pins which support his combine belt. Keep 'em Rolling !!
[ -- Robbie