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We purchased this Band Organ
about 25 years ago. It was used on a carousel at the time, and my wife
and I rode the carousel all evening, while my two boys rode the rides.
I had just purchased a Seeburg KT from the carnival owner, and he had issued
an invitation to bring the family out for a night of fun. We had lots of fun!
I made it known to the owner that if the band organ were ever to be
sold, I wanted to purchase it. Well, a year went by and I received
another telephone call. He told me that he was closing up. Things were
just not the same as when his father had owned the business. Employee
alcohol and drug problems, liability insurance, and just conditions in general
were making things tough. Once again we rode the Carousel and had a
great time. Again I told him of my desires to own the organ. About
a year passed before I received a telephone call. "Do you still want the
Band Organ" was the question. "Yes" was the answer. "But you sure picked
a bad time" I said. "A week before Christmas, and I just went back to work
from being on a strike at the telephone company". His reply was "I
asked if you still wanted the organ". "If you do, I'll bring it over, and
you can pay me when you get the money". I paid for the organ one year
later. Now that was a real friend! Return
Organ plays very well, even though I have never done a complete restoration.
It really needs to be completely restored so as to be enjoyed for many more
years. I've used this organ for 25 years, playing it at many events.
It is enjoyed by all when I have a play date.
My Desires for the Organ
like to exhibit the Band Organ in locations where many people could once again
enjoy the music normally found on the old carousels.