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An Update on the European Orchestrion Sale
By Rick Cooley

Hi folks,

Thanks for the tremendous interest in the mechanical musical instruments
for sale in Europe.  You may remember that it includes makers such
as Gavioli, Bruder, Ruth, Hupfeld, Imhoff & Muckle, Frati, Gasparini,
Limonaire, Madaglia, Bursens and DeCap, just to name a few.

Two instruments are now sold, the Gavioliphone Orchestrion (we bought
it) and the Limonaire 35-key band organ (went to a buyer in Paris).
There are more bargains to be had and lots of the MMD folks are
inspecting (some personally in Europe)  the remaining instruments.
More pictures of the remaining instruments will be arriving from
Europe soon and will be immediately posted on the web page below.  In
addition, Ronald Schmuck, of The Great Canadian Nickelodeon Company,
is now in Europe and will, at our request, inspect all of the remaining
instruments.  This is an opportunity for all of us to obtain a "special"
Europeon machine at a fair price.

to find, among other goodies, the Gavioliphone we recently acquired.

HELP!!!  HELP!!!! Please!  An information on shipping items, such as
the huge 10 feet high (assembled), nearly 7 feet wide and 5 feet  deep
orchestrion, from France to Philadelphia, PA USA would be greatly.  We
have shipped large (10 feet high and 2' X 2') music boxes from Europe,
by Air Freight.  This was faster but expensive.  We plan to use Air
Freight this time but does anyone have recent experience with such

What are the current Customs Laws?  At one time, "antique music boxes"
over 100 hundred years old, could be brought into the US "duty free".
I understand that the laws were changed to allow "duty free" for
musical boxes and mechanical musical instruments if they were at least
50 years old.  Anyone know what the current laws permit??

As always, thanks for your tremendous help.

Rick and Betty Cooley, Hockessin, Delaware

(Message sent Tue 8 Jun 1999, 16:27:02 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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