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Wurlitzer 165 and 157 at Coney Island, Ohio
By Dan Robinson

The article that Mikey Mills referenced in 110102 MMDigest about
the history of the existing Wurlitzer 165 band organs was written
by me originally for the MBSI journal "Mechanical Music", May/June
2008, and reprinted in "Carousel News & Trader", November 2008.

Mikey is correct that the amusement park "King's Island", in the
Cincinnati, Ohio, area, opened in 1972.  I was, therefore, in error
when I wrote that the Wurlitzer 165 in question (serial #3437) went
to King's Island in 1925.  Its destination, I now realize, was
almost certainly Coney Island park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mikey asks the current whereabouts of the Coney Island (Ohio)
Wurlitzer 157 that was rebuilt in 1953, with the 165 given in trade.
That 157, actually a Wurlitzer factory conversion of a Gavioli, is
now in a private collection in Michigan.  It can be seen and heard
in this YouTube video: 

In my article I wrote that this organ was at King's Island before the
157 that was purchased from Paul Eakins.  It is now clear to me that
the earlier organ was never at King's Island, but rather was at Coney
Island (Ohio), as was the 165, which is now in a private collection
in Rhode Island.  Incidentally, if anyone has a recording of that 165,
I'd love to obtain a copy.

I regret the misinformation in that section of my article, but I am
glad that Mikey realized and pointed out the mistake.

Dan Robinson
Rochester, New York

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