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More Player Piano Mechanisms at Player-Care
By John A. Tuttle

Recently (3-3-05) my wife and I were in Las Vegas looking for
something to do (I don't mean feeding a computer controlled machine
that takes your money in record time).  We decided to go back to the
Forum Shops (I believe it's a part of the Caesars Palace) and really
explore the place, and on the way back I came across an antique store.

The first thing I saw was a 125 Wurlitzer tucked in a corner.  It
looked in pretty good shape, except for the trumpets that could have
been cleaned up a little, but it was all in original condition.
I asked, "Does it play?"

"It sure does," and the gentleman crawled behind and started it up and
it played "Hello! Dolly".  It did okay for not ever being restored,
and out of tune, but hey, they don't know any better.  But one thing
was for sure, there was no one in that area until he started it up,
and then there was about twelve people smothering around us!

You never know where you are going to find that toy which we enjoy.
For a look at it go to the web site
then click on catalog and under antiques scroll down and there is a
picture and description of it.

There was also a coin operated nickelodeon piano in there but it was
not a familiar name (I think it was a Stafford, restored) and also
a Bacigalupo crank organ.  You never know what you will find when
snooping around.

Ralph J. Schultz

 [ The organ by L. Bacegalupo [sic] is described at
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 5 Mar 2005, 14:11:08 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

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