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Public Interest And Declining Values
By Alan Erb

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!

Alan Erb

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.

(Message sent Wed 1 Jun 2005, 05:33:34 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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