Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

End-of-Summer Fundraising Drive In Progress. Please visit out home page to see this and other announcements:     Thank you. --Jody

MMD > Archives > May 2009 > 2009.05.18 > 03Prev  Next

Wurlitzer Band Organ Prices
By Matthew Caulfield

Someone in recent times published an article on band organ prices
as they were then and what the present-day equivalent would be.  If
memory serves correctly, it was Richard J. Howe, of Houston, Texas,
who was the author.

I'm sure that Wurlitzer had stated prices for their instruments, but
I have a few letters written by the company to this or that individual,
offering a deal on a specific organ, usually one sitting in their shop,
perhaps as a trade-in, that they wanted to move out.

I do know that Wurlitzer had fixed prices for their band organ rolls,
which varied from time to time.  In 1913 the short, three or four
tunes rolls were selling for $3 to $5.  In 1917 a ten-tune style 150
roll was $14, while a ten-tune 165 roll was $40.  By 1925 the prices
were $15 and $30 respectively.

I think that prices reflected the costs of arranging the music as
spread out over the number of rolls of a given style that could be
sold, which in turn was dependant on the number of organs in use that
played a given roll style.

Wurlitzer's big blunder in the band organ business, the Style 180
organ, never sold well enough to justify making rolls for it.  It
appears that only 8 tunes were included on each roll, yet the style
180 roll sold in 1933 for $50, compared to $35 for a 165 roll,
$17.50 for a 150 roll, and $15 for a 125 roll.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Mon 18 May 2009, 15:33:16 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Band, Organ, Prices, Wurlitzer

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2019 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .