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Mechanical Music in Cincinnati, Ohio
By Mikey Mills

In response to Blaine Miller's message: there isn't much.  When I moved
to northern Kentucky in 2005, I was overjoyed that I was near Kings
Island with their beautiful Wurlitzer 157 band organ, which I got to
enjoy for about two months after I moved there.  Then, ironically,
almost just out of bad luck, from the next season onward it didn't play,
and it still doesn't if anyone has seen my countless posts about this.

I could go on and explain the organ's condition, which is worsening and
worsening, there is now a missing carving near the bass drum, which
could be replicated by the identical copy on the right, but it wouldn't
be original!

The park also has lots and lots of rolls, which I and other people
would love to see, but the park doesn't budge -- nor does it's sister
parks, Cedar Point, and Kings Dominion, all owned by the same company.

To move on though, there is a player piano shop in Cincinnati with a
Mills Violano, but it is only open on weekdays from what I understand.

The surrounding area is where the mechanical music is.  There's
Zaharako's, which has several gorgeous music machines, including the
iconic Welte Style 3, still in its original location and always playing
"The Entertainer" (although there are different rolls, it just isn't
changed!).  I almost think a MIDI system would be a good idea.  Welte
rolls are also quite easy to change, so I don't see why a manager or
someone could do it), a Seeburg Junior L, Imhof and Mukle barrel
orchestrion, a smaller Welte, and occasionally, there is a Mills
Violano on display, along with a Banjo Orchestra.

There's also the Children's' Museum of Indianapolis.  They have a rare
Wurlitzer 147 band organ.  The staff there also really like the organ,
and while it is only played when the carousel is moving, they let you
inside to watch the roll, and I even stayed after closing once to
record a song.  Those of you who have been there in the past few years
know that it plays, and still is playing roll 13147, but I hope they
changed it since I was last there.

The Liberty Antique Mall in Powell, Ohio, is another site to see.
While roughly 3 hours from Cincinnati, it has several nickelodeons
including a Edgerton Seeburg KT Special, a Link 2E, Seeburg Junior L,
a Western Electric Horse Race, and in the back, there is a Wurlitzer
148, Bursens Dance Organ, and a few more goodies. There's also some
reed organs there.

Virtually next to the Antique Mall is the Columbus Zoo, they have a
Wurlitzer 153 'special' band organ, which although having a different
facade, is still a 153.  The different sound is on the wonderful
voicing done by Stinson, along with a rank of pipes being turned off.
You have to beg them to turn it on, though, as even though the organ
was donated to them for the purpose of being played, they don't do

An hour north from that is the Mansfield carousel with a Stinson Model
JB66, a very loud and impressive organ for it's size, definitely a site
to see.

Mikey Mills

(Message sent Thu 19 Sep 2013, 23:09:00 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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