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Seek Automatic Roll G-844 "Let's Go"
By Mark Forer

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!


Mark Forer

(Message sent Mon 6 Mar 2000, 07:18:06 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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