The House On The Rock
> Carousel Room.
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The Carousel seemed to have had mostly different music in the 1980s and 90s then it does now. At one time, they sold a cassette tape and later a CD which featured the House on the Rock carousel music. None of these are available anymore. I don't know why they changed it around, perhaps it had to do with removing this band organ in the mid 2000s. I thought the Strauss Jr and Waldteufel arrangements featured on the cassette were pretty incredible. Now, it seems more heavy on the tympani drums then anything else making it so you can't really hear any of the melody.
This is the Gebruder Bruder fairground organ that is now fully restored. I have no idea what happened to that bass drum and action on the left; I'm not sure if it was original. The whole organ has been taken back to the original condition based on a factory photo of the same organ. This means it can play book music again, and the facade is back to the original whitish color with highlights and gold leaf, new center statue, etc. When I visited in August 2006, the organ was located (and probably still is) on the ground floor of the Transportation building, right behind the white picket fence, and near one of the village buldings. No one around seemed to know much about it that day (it had just recently come back from restoration), so I didn't get to hear it. Hopefully, they now have someone stationed near the organ who will operate it on request. Last I saw, the cherubs, etc. were still in the carousel room, but a black sheet covered the space where the organ once was.