John Tuttle wrote:
"Also, I don't really think that public displays will help very
much, because they don't connect with childhood memories in quite
the same way as being part of a family gathering did."
I feel broad exposure of properly functioning mechanical music is the
key! My first exposure to mechanical music was as an adult in the late
70's. I got very excited and very involved (and very broke) really
fast. I suspect there are others like me around, but they cannot
develop an interest in what they don't know exists. Ninety-nine percent
of people I meet, I would estimate, have never seen -- and know nothing
or little about -- band organs, 1880's music boxes, or nickelodeon
pianos. A small percentage of these people are genuinely excited and
interested when shown how entertaining these relics can really be! A
very small percentage of millions is a lot!
PS. I am selling lots of machines and bazillions of parts for cheap.
Excuse me, I mean affordable. I'm held up for a little bit, but will
send a big list soon.