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Jan Bender

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http://www.coaa.us/page21/page23/index.php
Carousel Organ Association of American
This link takes you to the current rally schedule.
The members of COAA are devoted to enjoying, preserving, and sharing knowledge of all outdoor mechanical musical instruments. They sponsor four or five large organ “rallies” each year. These rallies showcase 20 to 40 or more instruments of all sizes and types. The events are free and open to the public.

www.mbsi.org
Musical Box Society International
The members of this organization collect, restore, and share knowlege of all mechanical musical items and instruments, from small (such as a musical watch) to very large (such as a Dutch Street Organ). There are links to people who do repairs under "More" and then "MBSILinks".

At another page on this site http://mbsi.org/photo-gallery/ you can see many different kinds of mechanical musical instruments.
Some photos have sound files.

www.raffin.de
Orgelbau Raffin
This is the website for the German organ maker who made Terry's street organs. The site is in German, but if you click on the tiny British (the one in the middle) flag on the left, you will get the English version. Note that although they use the term "barrel organs", these organs do not have the pinned barrels that we in the U.S. associate with that term. They all play with punched paper rolls.

http://www.sanfilippofoundation.org/
The Place de la Musique contains the largest collection of restored automatic musical instruments in the world. The collection was created by Jasper and Marian Sanfilippo near Chicago, Illinois. A foundation has been created to preserve the collection and this is their website. There is an excellent video from WTTW-TV Chicago Tonight on the home page.

www.allstarpuzzles.com/spotdiff/00115.html

Terry has been made into a puzzle! A photograph of Terry taken at the 2005 Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart has been made into a challenging visual puzzle. Have fun, but be aware that this site may have a flashing ad and several "pop-under" ads. [Requires Java enabled browser].

http://drehorgelfreunde.eu/index.html
Club Deutscher Drehorgelfreunde e.V.
This is the official association for German organ grinders and their fans. They also publish an extensive journal (in German). Terry is honored to be a member. This site is in German.

http://www.hetorgel.nl/links/lmechinstr.htm
This website, based in The Netherlands, has many, many links to websites all over the world related to organs and organ music. The link above takes you directly to their page with links to information about street or "barrel" organs.

www.melright.com/boga
British Organ Grinders' Association
This is the official association for organ grinders in Great Britain. They also accept members from the United States. CAUTION: Music plays immediately.

www.jaegerbrommer.de
Jäger and Brommer
This company is a major organ maker in Waldkirch, Germany. Their site is in German, but if you click on the British flag on the left, you will get the English version. Their organs sound different from Raffin organs as would be expected. Note that they have translated the German word for small street organs, "Drehorgeln", as "barrel organ" in English. However, these organs do not have the pinned barrels that we associate with that term. They operate with punched paper rolls just as Terry's street organ does.

www.orgelwelt-waldkirch.de
Waldkirch, Germany is the site of a well known street organ festival every three years. The next one is June 23 - 25, 2017. This site is in German.

Wastel the monkey

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