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Seek Wurlitzer Style 105 Band Organ Photos
By Jack M. Conway

Hi Group,  I am back asking for help again.  I think what I have
purchased is a 1929 Wurlitzer Style 105 Band Organ.  I am trying
to confirm it with Don Rand, who has the Wurlitzer Organ Division
shipping ledger.  The problem is he is not answering the phone.

According to the serial number, 4159, it is a Wurlitzer made in 1929,
and I think it is a Style 105.  I looks almost identical to the top
picture of a Style 105 on page 225 in Ron Bopp's book, "The American
Carousel Organ."  The only difference is I don't have whatever the
white T-shaped device is to the left of the pipes.  Otherwise the pipe
ranks and pipe count are identical to a 1929 Style 105.

The top piece on mine is not original.  They were often broken or
lost in transit.  I have taken every thing off of the organ that needs
painting or plating.  All drum hardware was solid rust.  It is all
wire-wheeled and waiting to go to El Monte Plating, I think next week.
I found the molding I need to repair what was missing from the case.
I need to replace a panel for the lower bass drum side that covers the

The front of the facade had been totally closed up with Aaron Brothers
Art Mart picture ovals, frames, moldings and gewgaws.  The panels for
both rear doors were removed and replaced with speaker grille cloth.
I have the material to replace the panels.  The lock was removed and
replaced with a drawer pull.  I need to figure out how the doors were
originally mounted and locked.

What I would like to find is a color photograph of a Style 105
facade and back doors and try to go back to that.  In the mean time
I have opened up the front by removing all of the Aaron Brothers stuff.
I need to figure out how the removable facade was held in place.
I don't see any fasteners in any of the 105 photos I have.  It looks
like it had two pins in the bottom that went into metal plates.  There
are holes near the top of the opening on the left and right but they
don't go all the way through the case.  Unfortunately, after removing
all the stuff, I find the facade piece is incomplete and held together
with a piece of 1/4-inch plywood.  This means I will have to make a
whole new facade.  I need to know if all three art panels are painted
on screen or just the large center panel.

I would like to communicate with anyone who owns a Style 105 or has
access to one.  I have the black and white photos of a 105 from the
Bower's Encyclopedia and the Wurlitzer catalog.  I would like to know
the color scheme if possible.  None of the photos I have show the back
of the organ to see how the doors originally worked.

My email ISP has installed a spam blocker that automatically blocks
all third-party transfers without notifying me.  If your email bounces,
please respond through MMD[*].  When I have your address I can have the
address unblocked so that additional responses won't be blocked.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Jack M. Conway, Los Angeles, California, USA

 [ If anyone needs assistance to communicate with Jack, send an email
 [ to me <> and I will forward it.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Mon 15 Aug 2005, 03:50:35 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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