I was chatting with Frank Himpsl tonight regarding his amazing
expertise in identifying 65-note A, G and 4X rolls. I explained
to him that for many years I would visit Disneyland in Anaheim and
venture into the General Store on the corner of Main Street, USA.
Hidden in a small room off to the side, one would find an excellent
Nelson-Wiggen 6X orchestrion with one particular original roll on it
that the management never changed for as long as I could remember.
I would play this roll all the way through several times on my every
visit. It was an extremely fine roll, but I could only recall two
tunes: "Who Wouldn't" and "Hock Shop Blues".
There was no tune card on the machine, so my memory was all I had to go
on. The Nelson-Wiggen was removed several years ago to make room for
more "profitable" items, and I have been told that orchestrion is now
in storage, along with the roll.
I posed the question of identifying the roll to Frank based on just
the two tunes, and almost immediately he e-mailed me the answer (I don't
know how he does it!): "Automatic G-844, 'Let's Go'". The tune line-up
is as follows:
1. Elsie Schultz-En-Heim OS;
2. Black Bottom FT
3. Reaching For the Moon FT;
4. Hock Shop Blues;
5. Someone Is Losin' Susan FT;
6. On the Riviera FT
7. Turkish Towel FT;
8. Alabama Stomp;
9. Just A Bird's Eye-View (Of My Old Kentucky Home) FT;
10. Who Wouldn't? OS
This is just a great roll. It really made that 6X do its thing!
I know most of the tunes have been recut by Play-Rite on similar
800-series rolls, but the inclusion of tunes 7, 8 & 9 make this one
a real keeper! If anyone out there knows of a recut of this roll (or
an original one, for that matter!) that they could part with, please
let me know. I'd like to have it recut for others to enjoy!