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The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 2022, 1948)

Location:

KNX Radio
Columbia Square<br> 6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028 US
Organ ID: 59710

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Radio, Television and Movie Studios
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 18 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wurlitzer chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
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.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 12, 2016:

This organ was originally built in 1929 for Warner Brothers' Vitaphone recording studio in Hollywood. In 1948, CBS purchased the organ for Radio Station KNX, its West Coast flagship station, where it was heard daily when Gaylord Carter played "The Perfect Song" for the "Amos 'n' Andy" show. At some point the organ was placed in storage until 1955, when it was sold to actor Joseph Kearns, best known as Mr. Wilson on TV's "Dennis the Menace" show. Kearns built his house around the organ, and enlarged it to 26 ranks. After Kearns' death in 1962, the residence was leased to Robert Carson, who founded a recording firm and produced a number of record albums featuring the instrument. After Carson died, the residence changed hands and the instrument was offered for sale. Several legal tangles ensued and finally, Russ Nelson, a wealthy Santa Anna contractor, bought it. He in turn sold it to Ron Walls, a well-known organ enthusiast and pizza parlor owner. Following business reversals, Walls lost ownership and in 1985 the organ was purchased by the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio, where it was installed with assistance by Ken Crome and reduced to 20 ranks.

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

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