B&C still searching for new display spot for historic Baden band organ

08/03/2014 12:00 AM

08/01/2014 6:06 PM

It’s unclear whether the historic Baden Band organ, which has entertained folks at the Pavilion then Broadway at the Beach since the 1950s, will go back on display in Myrtle Beach before the summer ends.

Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which has owned the organ since bringing it here in 1954 for its Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park, is still trying to find a spot for it to be displayed. The organ was removed in June from its home at the Pavilion Park at Broadway at the Beach, causing a flurry of disappointment and concern from fans -- including locals who grew up watching the organ at the Pavilion and tourists who still check in on it when coming to town for their summer vacations.

For now, the handcarved organ is indoors.

B&C won’t say what sites are being considered or what the timetable is for getting the organ back on display.

“Burroughs & Chapin continues to diligently pursue display options for the German Baden Band Organ,” spokeswoman Lei Gainer said. “The company is working to identify a display option that will offer the general public good viewing access, while providing conditions that will preserve the organ for future generations.”

The band organ -- built in the 1890s at Waldkirch in Baden, Germany by A. Ruth & Sohn -- was a popular feature at the oceanfront Pavilion, regularly attracting crowds with its music, twirling figures and cherubs that play cymbals, bells and drums. The organ is 11 feet tall and 20 feet long and weighs about two tons. It has 400 pipes, 98 keys and operates with cardboard music, most of which was composed more than a half century ago.

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