In 1914, the Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. introduced what is today considered the best, and best-loved, American band organ: the Style 165. According to Wurlitzer’s “Disposition of Instruments Manufactured,” 24 Wurlitzer 165s were produced. Ten complete examples survive. Three of these organs still operate publicly, while many of the others are remembered fondly by those who enjoyed them in their heyday. Some band organ fans have been lucky enough to live near a publicly operating Wurlitzer 165 (or even two, if in the Los Angeles area), while others were first introduced to the 165 via recordings. In either case, the Wurlitzer 165 can be credited by many for instilling within them a permanent passion for these magnificent machines.
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