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Our museum recently inherited a player piano with six instruments
that plays an "O" roll. Is there someone who can make up a roll
with Italian music and opera selections? Please let me know.
Thanking you in advance for your help,
Cav. Uff. Aldo Mancusi - Pres.
Enrico Caruso Museum of America
1942 East 19th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229
[ Aldo Mancusi is founder and curator of the Enrico Caruso Museum.
[ (Cav. Uff. = Cavaliere Ufficiale = official knight/squire)
[ Found at http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/bony/features/714/ :
[ Housed on the second floor of a modest two-family brick house
[ in Brooklyn, the Enrico Caruso Museum of America is a well-tended
[ shrine to the world's greatest tenor. Every year, 2,500 faithful
[ make the pilgrimage to Aldo Mancusi's opera mecca.
[ After listening to the vintage Caruso recordings (played on
[ gramophones), you'll understand how the big guy managed to perform
[ in front of 50,000 fans in Central Park without a microphone.
[ The permanent collection -- occupying the entire second floor and
[ spilling over into the bathroom -- consists of rare memorabilia,
[ from Caruso's Sulka neckties to his silver flatware. The highlight
[ of the two-hour tour is an eight-minute home movie of the legend
[ himself, screened in a converted bedroom that seats twenty.
[ "People today don't realize how great Caruso was," Mancusi laments.
[ "Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras... please! Enrico would have blown
[ them all off the stage."
[ -- Robbie