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Knoebels Amusement Park Band Organs
By Dan Robinson

[ We asked Dan Robinson about the history of Knoebels' band organs --

Hi Robbie,

1. The DeKleist organ doesn't play for a carousel; it stands across
from the Phoenix roller coaster.  It was a barrel organ, built in 1907
(style 27) that was converted by Wurlitzer to 165 rolls, reportedly in

2. The Grand Carousel was built by Kremer's Carousel Works in 1913,
with horses carved by Charles Carmel.  The 1888 Frati organ was
converted from barrel operation to 61-key rolls by Artizan in the
1920s.  I believe it's the only carousel organ playing 61-key Artizan

The little organ from Wildwood, New Jersey, is a Wilhelm Bruder Söhne
Model 79 converted to play Style 125 rolls.  It's the only 125-playing
organ I know of with two roll frames.

The Berni organ is a Gebrüder Bruder Model 107, built in 1910.  The
music books were damaged in more than one previous flood, and the organ
now plays the same music via a MIDI system.

3. The organ at the Kiddieland (Stein & Goldstein) carousel is a
Gebrüder Bruder playing Style 150 music rolls.  Wurlitzer reportedly
converted it to barrel operation in 1914, then to 150 rolls in 1925.
This organ sat unused for years and suffered from severe rodent damage,
I believe.  I have read that when the organ was rebuilt in the 1980s,
most of the pipes were made new, and the bells were added then.

Much of this information is from this PDF on the Knoebels web site: 

Dan Robinson

(Message sent Sun 11 Sep 2011, 19:53:36 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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