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Operating a Band Organ at Pitt County Fair
By Sam Harris

I'm having a great time this week.  It has been my awesome privilege
to care for and operate Louis May's Wurlitzer band organ.  This is my
third year operating and maintaining the organ.  It's awesome to have
some folks come up and show some interest then ask them if they would
like to see how it works.  Without exception those who appear interested
in the front are always anxious to see in the back.  Great way to meet
some really nice folks -- even the teens think it's very interesting;
even the toughest guy with a girlfriend begins asking lots of

One day, if I ever get a "'round to it", I would like to build an organ
in a trailer but have everything exposed.  No facade, just guts out in
the open; have all the bellows, reservoirs and roll frames in the middle
and all the pipes and bells in an arch configuration above and behind
the rest.  That would generate a lot of curiosity!  I have always
believed organs were mounted in trailers backwards, anyway.   :-) 

Having a great time at the fair listening to the "happiest music on
earth."  If you're in the area come by for a visit.  I'd love to meet ya!

Sam Harris
Greenville, North Carolina

PS: This is the first year I can remember that Susan Parrish is not
at the Pitt Co. Fair in North Carolina.  Anyone have her contact info?
I'd like to touch base with her.

 [ In 971015 & 021014 MMDigest Sam wrote about Susan Parrish, of
 [ Danville, Virginia, who operates 96-key Bruder organ housed in
 [ a rosewood gypsy wagon.  Sam wrote, "The truck and container is
 [ red.  You can't miss it!"  -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 8 Oct 2004, 02:58:03 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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