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Value of Wurlitzer Band Organ Rolls
By Matthew Caulfield

In reply to Paul Gunzelmann's question in the 090604 MMD, thirty-five
dollars is a reasonable price for a recut style 125 band organ roll,
if you can pick and choose the rolls you want.  If you have to take
a fixed lot and that lot includes a number of rolls you don't want,
then the picture is different.  A fixed lot will probably be made up of
Play-Rite recuts.  Ray Siou used to sell Play-Rite recuts in one-dozen
lots for $15 each -- but those days are gone.

Mike Grant, Columbia City, Indiana, sells Wurlitzer roll recuts, and
his main interest is in style 125 rolls.  He sells them for $35 each.
They are, as said, new recuts of original Wurlitzer rolls.  If you want
an original green-paper Wurlitzer roll, you should expect to pay more
for that antique artifact, if you can find it.  I wouldn't bother with
any brown-paper 6-tune T.R.T. roll, because that paper hasn't aged
well, and a recut will serve you better.

Recuts of style 165 rolls sell for a bit more because of the larger
amount of paper in a 165 roll, and paper today is not cheap.  I would
expect to pay at least $40 for a style 165 recut.  Especially desirable
ones can go on eBay for twice that.

If you are interested in new music and not just recuts, then expect
to pay at least $60-$90 per roll, because of the cost of the arranging
involved.  Andy Adams <> is selling
newly arranged Style 125 and 150 music rolls, and I am selling newly
arranged Style 165 music rolls.  Rich Olsen is the arranger for both,
and his work is top-notch.

If there is a specific roll you want and you can't find a copy for sale
anywhere, then Valley Forge Music Rolls ( can
custom-cut a copy for you for around $100.

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is making a few Wurlitzer rolls
using perforator #12 that came from the Wurlitzer factory.  But they
are limited in their tune selection by the tune masters that have
survived from the Wurlitzer factory, mostly masters for rolls issued
in the late 1930's and onward.   Contact Douglas Hershberger
<> at the museum for details.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Fri 5 Jun 2009, 23:58:13 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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