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Makers of Band Organ Facades and Carvings
By Matthew Caulfield

I am surprised that last Friday's request for the names of people
making facades and ornamental pieces for music machines got no response
other than Robbie's editorial addition to the request.  I think there
are two basic routes to go here: a carved piece or a cast piece.

As Robbie mentioned, Tom Grace <> is a source for cast
band organ facades, having produced complete replica Wurlitzer 157
facades.  The Stinson Band Organ Company is another that is able to
produce custom-cast pieces, providing such jobs can be worked into
their production schedule.  Contact <>.

Someone at a recent band organ rally (I believe it was Paul Dyer
<>, of Fortville, Indiana) had an extra copy of a
cast Wurlitzer 153 facade for sale.  Marvin Sylvor's company, Fabricon
Carousel Company (, has had considerable
experience casting decorative carousel pieces, both large and small.

Cabinetmaker Steve Lanick, Pittsburgh, Pa., has carved a replica
Wurlitzer 165 facade, although I am not sure that he is now of the age
where he would want to make another such elaborate item.  California
carousel carver Ed Roth is quite capable of carving a facade, as are
probably a number of other skilled carvers.

At least two Americans have looked to Europe to have facades carved
for them.  One is Bill Harris <> of Denver, Colo.,
the other is, I believe, Terry Haughawout <> of
Bloomdale, Ohio.  Both Bill and Terry were very pleased with the work
done for them by their respective carvers.

Johnny Verbeeck <> advertises the making of
custom-designed organ fronts, although I don't know whether these are
carved or cast.  I am sure there are many other sources, if anyone
cares to expand this brief list.

Matthew Caulfield (Irondequoit, N.Y.)

(Message sent Wed 3 Apr 2002, 15:25:22 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Band, Carvings, Facades, Makers, Organ

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