So You Want to Buy an Organette?

Well there it is, sitting in the shop or auction room. Is it a common make? If so there is no problem getting extra music and you should have an idea of its quality. Is it an uncommon make? If it is, does it have a supply of music rolls or discs? One tatty strip of half of “Onward Christian Soldiers” does not constitute a good selection of tunes but may mean you can at least try it out. If there is no music does anyone you know have music they are prepared to lend you for copying, or is there anyone who can arrange music for you? Organettes with no music may look pretty but people do like to hear them play occasionally.

From issue 1 (Summer 2015) of Mechanical Music World. To read this article in full become a member and receive a copy. Full details on “Membership” page.