Balcom and Vaughan (1941)

Originally The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 1427, 1926)

Location:

Civic Ice Arena
4th Ave. & Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 981 US
Organ ID: 51592

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Amusements: Skating Rinks, etc.
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on February 10, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 8 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wurlitzer chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on February 10, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • 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.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 10, 2019.
Database Manager on February 10, 2019:

Updated by Eric Schmiedeberg, naming this as the source of information: Wurlitzer Installation List--Judd Walton--1972/Chamber wall inscription--Capitol Theatre--Salem, Oregon.

It is my understanding that the Piano originally incorporated into this instrument did not end up in this subsequent installation. Also, according to the chamber wall inscription made by Balcom and Vaughan Organ Co., the Capitol Theatre Wurlitzer was removed in September of 1941.

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

Database Manager on July 08, 2013:

Organ relocated without any change. Identified by James R. Stettner, using information from this web site: http://www.pstos.org/instruments/wa/seattle/icearena-rink.htm. -- According to the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society website, "According to Kurt Armbruster, '...the pipes were housed in a large, shuttered box in the southeast corner of the interior, while the organ console was in a booth hung on the south wall, over the roll-up door. The booth, originally decorated in ornate 1940s style, was "modernized" in 1962 for the World's Fair.' The organ was used daily until remodeling in 1963 (following the Seattle World's Fair) required its removal. According to Glenn White, the contractor was going to trash the organ when they remodeled the Arena. Fortunately, White and his fellow sound engineers removed the instrument to storage. In 1964-65, the organ was re-installed at the Seattle Center Food Circus."

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

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