Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Archives > February 2003 > 2003.02.11 > 12Prev  Next

Band Organ Rolls & Band Organ Condition
By Alan Erb

An observation:  Some time ago I purchased a Style 153 Wurlitzer band
organ, which seemed to play quite nicely, or so I thought at the time.
I had a "great" roll which I couldn't wait to hear on the organ.  I
installed the roll and ... what a disappointment!  It did not sound
great, good, or even tolerable.

It turns out that original music plays a lot of the organ a lot of the
time.  This means that the melody picks up a missing trumpet or two, or
mitigates the blood curdling nasal trumpet, or a trumpet covers an
overblowing or out of tune flute, etc.  Many of the really good rolls
out there solo a good bit on certain ranks (including trumpet), and
when there is a weakness in the organ it really jumps out at you!

Oh, the organ?  It required everything, starting from scratch.  The
music roll _is_ great!

Alan Erb

(Message sent Tue 11 Feb 2003, 23:28:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Band, Condition, Organ, Rolls

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2019 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .