Now that everyone is sated with turkey following Thanksgiving, the
annual Christmas rush has officially started. This is the time of
year that collectors put Christmas music on their instruments or wish
that they had seasonal music to play.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda, New York,
which has the surviving Wurlitzer perforators and master rolls, has
discovered three unissued Christmas masters among their collection
and have now released a new 10-tune Wurlitzer APP/Caliola roll with
all of their Christmas tunes on a single ten-tune roll. The tempo and
number of repeats for each tune are perfect to my ear. The tunes have
registration changes and percussion on them as well as bell cues on
those tunes that call for them.
The Herschell Christmas roll is based on the 6-tune TRT roll that Ralph
Tussing offered circa 1956. The roll offered today is a full ten-tune
length roll. For those wanting a copy contact Doug Hershberger at
email@example.com [delete ".geentroep" to reply] to
be added to the list seeking a copy of 30329. I am told that Doug has
sold out the first run and may not be able to produce more before
The titles on the new Herschell Museum Wurlitzer Christmas roll
number 30329 are
1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town,
2. Silent Night,
3. White Christmas,
4. Joy to the World,
5. Jingle Bells,
6. O Little Town of Bethlehem,
7. The First Noel,
8. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,
9. O Come All Ye Faithful,
10. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing.
Dick Hack posted recently about the availability of Wurlitzer APP roll
# 20405 of Christmas tunes. As someone that has copies of both the new
30329 and 20405, no collection is complete without both rolls.
As an aside for those that are interested, my notes indicate Wurlitzer
APP roll number 20405 was issued in December 1920 and also released as
two five-tune length rolls numbered 2214 and 2215.
Mark Reinhart - In chilly Charles Town, West Virginia,
where we have Christmas music on the pianos.