Donald Trump has a place in mechanical music which you probably did not know about. In 2010 he took over the operation of the 1908 Stein & Goldstein carousel that resides in Central Park in New York City. He invested 100′s of thousands of dollars in the carousel and its operation. In Trump fashion the carousel now turns a handsome profit. In the historic carousel resides an A. Ruth & Sohn Style 33 carousel band organ made in Waldkirch, Germany. The carousel organ is a prime example of MECHANICAL MUSIC!
Years ago the Lenox Lyceum Skating Rink which was just off Central Park featured a 110 key Gavioli which provided music for the skaters. This grand Gavioli still exists and was probably the largest music machine to ever play in New York City. Numerous mansions in the city had elegant Welte orchestrions for entertainment. Other mansions had art case reproducing player grand pianos by Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, etc. The Atlantic Garden featured two mammoth Welte Orchestrions. But the one that resides in NYC today is the carousel organ in the Central Park Carousel. It is some how fitting that Donald Trump is involved with it! Below is a photo of the band organ in the carousel: