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Wurlitzer Mammoth Organ at Joyland Park, Wichita
By Damian Mayes

Well, it appears that the end might be near for the Wurlitzer organ at
Joyland park in Wichita, Kansas.  David Rohr, the new owner, is short
on finances and won't approve the winter projects that Damian Mayes
has proposed.

Each year the organ is completely torn down and stored in another
building so that it is not left exposed in the organ house.  As it is
being disassembled, Damian does an inspection to find out what repairs
need to be made.  At the present, the organ is in hundreds of pieces
and Damian has returned it to the park.

Mr. Rohr does not even want to spend the money to have the organ put
back together in the spring.  The only project he approved was to have
the roll frames repaired, which were damaged last season because of
mistreatment by the park employees.

It's sad that such a beautiful and rare instrument may no longer be
enjoyed by the citizens of Wichita and all others who visit the park.

Sheri Struble & Damian Mayes

(Message sent Wed 13 Dec 2000, 14:27:58 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

Key Words in Subject:  Joyland, Mammoth, Organ, Park, Wichita, Wurlitzer

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