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Wurlitzer Caliola Restoration
By Tom Wilson

Hello everyone, especially Julie Porter:  I have an original
Wurlitzer Caliola in my possession awaiting restoration.  We've had
this instrument for about 16 years; it's been waiting that long to be
redone.  While the case is in very poor shape, I think most everything
is there in the interior (gearing, roll frame, both bellows, all pipes,
etc.).  I am missing one of the metal valves.

I will be starting the restoration this fall, crackle paint and all.
I'll also build a second one from scratch as I restore the original.

Julie, or others interested in Wurlitzer Caliolas:  Is there any
information you'd like as I get started into this project?

About 13 years ago I restored a Wurlitzer 104, still in use on a
carousel in Cincinnati.  That was my first project and I developed a
high level of interest in organs.  As I approach retirement (two years
away -- I'm 45 now) it's time to prepare for the next fun projects.

Julie, are you a source for Wurlitzer parts as well?  Someone said you
purchased Doyle Lane's inventory.  Count me in as someone interested in
the reproduction of parts.  I haven't been involved in any chapters or
clubs -- just watched the MMD board.

The Mid-America Band Organ Rally in Wabash Indiana was _great!_
It was the first I attended.

Tom Wilson - Motionwear Inc.
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 780-0609

 [ Julie purchased various parts from Mike Kitner's estate.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 22 Jul 2001, 00:59:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Caliola, Restoration, Wurlitzer

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