I received an alert yesterday from collector/technician Jim Gabaree,
of Duxbury, Vermont, (tel.: 1-802-244-7098) that the building in
Middletown Springs, Vermont, where Doyle Lane kept all his instruments,
music rolls, and parts (including all the Wurlitzer parts that he
acquired from the estate of Ralph Tussing) is being cleared out over
the next two months in preparation for its conversion to condominiums.
Mr. Gabaree is alarmed by the fact that the people doing the clearing
are completely without knowledge of what they are looking at. He saw
quantities of Doyle Lane's Lauter Humana valve blocks (some assembled
and some not), various roll frames and key frames for unknown
instruments, piles of unidentified music rolls, various makes and types
of pianos, and on and on. I couldn't retain the details of all he
reported seeing there.
He noticed my name in the MMD Archives in connection with Doyle Lane's
Wurlitzer parts and so phoned me to ask who could get up to Middletown
Springs and keep the people in charge from throwing out valuable items.
The people doing the disposal are working Tuesday and weekends. Mr.
Gabaree will be there next Tuesday to see what he can rescue, but his
interest is in pianos and pump organs, as I understand. So there is
much in the building that he has no use for or understanding of.
I am simply passing this information on. For any closer description of
the situation, you would have to phone Mr. Gabaree at the number given
Irondequoit, New York