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Wurlitzer Pipe Scales Book by Doyle Lane
By Matthew Caulfield

I recently dis-bound my spiral-bound copy of Doyle Lane's pipe
scale book to make a copy for another MMDer.  So I could easily
make another copy or two.  Doyle's book isn't much of a guide for
how to make organ pipes.  It just has dimensional information
taken from the original Wurlitzer pipe boards that Doyle got from
the Wurlitzer/T.R.T. inventory when he bought Ralph Tussing's shop
and equipment.

Wurlitzer pipe builders used the pipe scale boards to pick off the
pipe dimensions, using big needle-point calipers, transferring the
dimension to the wood they were going to saw up.  You could see the
needle-point marks in the boards.  Doyle found the boards rotting
away inn Ralph Tussing's wet North Tonawanda basement and copied
the data to the book Jess Graham is looking for.

Doyle is dead and who has rights to the book, whether his ex-wife
Priscilla Lane or who, I don't know.  But I have no compunction in
making a copy or two for people who want it.  (It's the librarian
in my blood, plus a deadened conscience, maybe.)

Jess Graham may be interested in my Wurlitzer 165 website and the
more than fifty tunes from various Wurlitzer 165 band organs that
can be heard there, lots of them from the old Seabreeze 165 that
we lost in the March 31, 1994, fire and some from our 1996 Verbeeck
replica 165, which will start playing with its new façade on Seabreeze
Park's opening day, May 17, 2014.

Several MMDers, including myself, could put Jess in touch with people
who have built, or tried to build, style 165 band organs.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Mon 7 Apr 2014, 16:10:28 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Book, Doyle, Lane, Pipe, Scales, Wurlitzer

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