Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Archives > June 2013 > 2013.06.24 > 01Prev  Next

Restore North America's Carousel Organs
By Scotty Greene

"Adopt an Instrument"

Mickey Mills wrote at length about the issue of non-operating
band organs at public venues.  His proposal to restore and get
them used again has my support, but there are a few issues.

If the park has no money [invested] in the restoration they
will not value it.  The unfortunate fact is that, to most people,
what you get for free is not worth much.  I would suggest that the
restoration needs to be done with some matching funds from the
owner in order for them to care about the outcome.

The second issue is with future maintenance.  If the park would not
spend money to keep a band organ running before the restoration,
what makes us think they will after they get it restored at some
reduced rate, or for free?

In order to make this work you need an agreement to do maintenance
on a matching funds basis in the future, or we end up back where
we started.  In other words, the adopter has to keep the machine
running [because] the park just doesn't see the value or they would
not have let it become unplayable in the first place.

Scotty Greene - DeBence Antique Music World
Franklin, Pennsylvania 

(Message sent Mon 24 Jun 2013, 16:13:04 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  America's, Carousel, North, Organs, Restore

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2019 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .