Owner (2006)

Originally The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 501, 1922)

Location:

Residence: Barry Howard and Larry Fenner
Lebanon, PA 17042 US
Organ ID: 62825

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • 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 Paul R. Marchesano on February 27, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 16 ranks. 1,181 pipes. 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 February 17, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 17, 2019.
Database Manager on February 17, 2019:

Updated by Larry Fenner, the builder.

The second Wurlitzer Vox Humana was not added due to space limitations in the chambers. Several additional digital voices can be controlled through either stop tablets or buttons located on slide out drawers.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 18, 2019.

Database Manager on July 09, 2018:

Wurlitzer Style 260 Sp - with Saxophone
Factory date: January 10, 1922
Originally installed in Lafayette Theatre, Buffalo, New York.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on July 09, 2018:

In 1962, the organ was sold to Donald Borden, who then lived in Mentor, Ohio. Mr. Borden removed the last parts of the organ from the Lafayette as it was being demolished. Since the 32- octave of the wooden diaphones was installed horizontally above the proscenium, the pipes were not removed and were demolished with the theatre. The original Brass Trumpet from the organ is currently installed as the Trumpet en Chamade in Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, New York. The location of the original brass saxophone is unknown. The organ was installed in Mr. Borden-s home, and was used for ATOE (now ATOS) gatherings and was played by many artists including Johnny Seng, Lee Erwin, Ashley Miller, and Leonard MacClain. In 1975, the organ was sold to Ernest Boda, and moved to his residence in Stratford, Connecticut. In 2005, the organ was sold to Barry Howard and Larry Fenner, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. They plan a respecification, a new solid state relay and combination action, restoration of the console to its original mahogany finish, and fitting the console with new stop action magnets and stop tablets. Wurlitzer Brass Trumpet and Brass Saxophone ranks were purchased to replace the original brass ranks which were missing when the organ was removed from the theatre. A Post Horn and an additional Wurlitzer Vox Humana will be added to the organ, resulting in a 3-manual, 17-rank instrument.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
from www.opus501.com website: Open In New Tab Typed Specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Console, showing pull-out trays: Photograph by Larry Fenner (October 2018).

Console with left and right chamber openings: Photograph by Larry Fenner (October 2018).

Marimba/Harp and Toy Counter installed on rear platform in the Main Chamber: Photograph by Larry Fenner (October 2018).

Chrysoglott, three Crome Organ Company cymbals, and Gong installed on front platform in the Main Chamber: Photograph by Larry Fenner (October 2018).

Solo Chamber (l-r): Kinura, Brass Trumpet, Orchestral Oboe, Quintadena, Tibia Clausa, Oboe Horn, Brass Saxophone and Austin Post Horn: Photograph by Larry Fenner (October 2018).

Tuned percussion installed on front platform in the Solo Chamber (from top): Tuned Sleigh Bells, Glockenspiel, Xylophone: Photograph by Larry Fenner (October 2018).

Main Chamber (l-r): Tuba Horn, Viol d’Orchestre, Diaphonic Diapason, Solo String, Concert Flute, Viol Celeste, Clarinet, Vox Humana: Photograph by Larry Fenner (October 2018).

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