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Two Lost Wurlitzer 165 Rolls Discovered
By Matthew Caulfield

Dana Johnson recently purchased the band organ rolls owned by the late
Bud Hurlbut.  Among them were two original green-paper Wurlitzer 165
rolls that nobody else has.  One is roll 6532, a march-waltz roll from
February 1922.  A popular-tune roll from 1917 already exists with that
number -- Wurlitzer insanely used roll numbers from 6501 to 6537 twice,
once for pop-tune rolls and later for its "evergreen" rolls, which were
kept in stock longer -- but this 1922 roll will easily outshine the
1917 roll, which is, in my opinion, one of Wurlitzer's worst.  I hope
Wurlitzer fired that arranger!

The other roll is 6651, from 1929.  There is already a recut that was
given that number by mistake.  That recut was made from a Seabreeze
Park original roll that lacked label and number.  After identifying the
tunes and dating them, the guesstimation, based on dating the roll, was
that it had to be one of the three roll numbers that appear as gaps in
the Wurlitzer catalog list, rolls 6650, 6651, and 6652.  So the number
6651 was assigned to it.  Now along comes the real 6651 (discoveries
always come with a price!) and we know that the Seabreeze roll was
actually 6650.

My online Wurlitzer 165 roll catalog has been corrected and updated to
reflect all these discoveries, and Dana is generously allowing 6532 and
6651 to be recut by Play-Rite.  I am making new labels for the old 6651,
showing its correct number, free for the asking to anyone who prefers
re-labeling to merely inking over the "6651" to make it "6650."

There are also 125 and 150 rolls in the collection Dana acquired from
the Hurlbut estate, but I don't have any report on those yet.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Thu 1 Mar 2012, 15:21:51 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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