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