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Seek Music Supplied With 1912 Ruth Band Organ
By Fred Dahlinger

The initial No. 46 A. Ruth & Son band organ of 1912 is in restoration.
Initially it played No. 46 and later it used No. 36 Ruth music, both
of which are 78-keyless scales.  These books measure 316 mm wide, or
about 12-7/16 inches.  I would like to find this music and return it
to the organ.

The original No. 46 books furnished to the organ were separated from
it at an unknown date.  A couple decades ago they passed through the
hands of a Belgian dealer in mechanical music, who now cannot recall
the buyer's identity.  There's reason to believe that this music
survives in Europe.  If you are in the possession of some keyless
Ruth music that won't play correctly on a No. 36 organ, you might
have the "missing" No. 46 music.

Ruth and/or others may have fulfilled more than one commission for
books, in cradle, stack or individual book format.  The tunes known
to have been supplied initially were the following, though they might
not be in this specific sequence (nor correctly spelled):

  Die Regimentstochter Potpourri;
  Die Irrfahrt Uns Glück Overture;
  Nachfalter Mazur;
  Carolinen Mazur;
  Im Zigeunerlager Marsch;
  Kind du kanst tanzen;
  Pas de Patineurs Rhl;
  Moselblümchen Rhl;
  Im Schnellzug Galopp.

The 78-keyless No. 46 scale is an 11-position enlargement of the
67-keyless No. 35 scale.  The 11-position addition could have been slit
off.  This action would yield narrower 67-keyless, 274 mm, 10-3/4" wide
books that could be played on a No. 35 Ruth.  A modified grouping might
include the titles given above.

The No. 36 music that played on the organ later, after a modest
conversion was made, was also discarded.  It was with the original
key frame that was removed in favor of a 165 roll system, in the late
1960s, subsequent to the arrival in the US.  These materials may
survive in the US.  No tune list is available, nor is the name of the
book supplier known to us.

If you think you might have all or a portion of any of this Ruth 46 or
36 music, or know where it might be found, please contact me at your
earliest convenience with the details.  Thank you.

Fred Dahlinger
Baraboo, Wisconsin

(Message sent Fri 12 Jun 2015, 17:36:31 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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