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Jonathan Ortloff (2006)

Originally The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 970, 1924)

Location:

Strand Theatre
25 Brinkerhoff Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901 US
Organ ID: 35500

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Theatres, Cinemas, Movie Houses
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 8 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wurlitzer chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Position: Console on lift.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Horseshoe style console.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys in horseshoe curves.
  • Combination Action: Setterboard (remote or in console).
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2017:

Wurlitzer "Style F Sp"
Factory date: December 22, 1924
In 1964, moved to Leonard Johnson Residence, Hingham, Massachusetts. In 2004, the Johnsons donated the organ to the Strand Theatre, Plattsburg, New York.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on July 22, 2016:

With sporadic funding, a volunteer group in Plattsburgh began restoration of the organ in 2005, under the direction of Jonathan Ortloff. A generous gift in 2011 ensured the project-s completion by enabling Spencer Organ Company to complete the restoration and installation. In 2012 the entire organ was transported to the Spencer shop. There, remaining components, including the console and percussions, were restored, and the entire organ was assembled on new framing to suit the Strand-s organ chambers. Installation began in August 2013, and tonal finishing was completed by Clark Wilson and Jonathan Ortloff. (from Spencer Organ Co. website)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on August 29, 2009:

Updated through online information from Jonathan Ortloff. -- The previous organ was not smaller, actually much larger.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on June 22, 2008:

Identified through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Built in 1924 for the New Colney Theater in Philadelphia, moved to Leonard and Louise Johnson's residence in Massachusetts in 1960; donated to the Strand Theater by the Johnsons in 2006. The organ is still undergoing restoration in the Strand Theater by volunteers under the direction of organist Jonathan Ortloff and organ builder Stephen Russell. The Strand Theater previously had a smaller Wurlitzer, but it was removed in the 1970s. The Strand is being restored as the centerpiece of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts. (article in "The Press Republican" dated June 10, 2008)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from Spencer Organ Company, Inc. website
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Jonathan Ortloff, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2006

Theater: Photograph by Jonathan Ortloff, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2006

Pipework: Photograph by Jonathan Ortloff, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2006

Pipework: Photograph by Jonathan Ortloff, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2006

Expression shades and percussions: Photograph by Jonathan Ortloff, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2006

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