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Lyn Larsen (2005)

Originally The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 562, 1922)

Location:

Kentucky Theatre
214 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507 US
Organ ID: 62855

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Theatres, Cinemas, Movie Houses
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on December 18, 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 December 18, 2018.
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.
  • 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 December 18, 2018.
Database Manager on July 13, 2018:

Originally built in 1922 as a Wurlitzer Style F (Opus 562) with 2 manuals, 8 ranks. In December 1923, a new Vox Humana was installed in the main chamber. A significant expansion was completed by Wurlitzer in January 1926 with a new 3-manual paneled console; the original Violin and Violin Celeste were replaced with a Viol d-Orchestre, Viol Celeste; additional ranks added were a Brass Trumpet, Quintadena, Oboe Horn, Salicional and Kinura. With this enlargement, Wurlitzer Job Number 703, this instrument became a 3/14 Wurlitzer, Style 260 Special. Haden Read rededicated the organ with a concert program in February 1926.

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

Database Manager on July 13, 2018:

After nearly fifty years of being silent, the organ was purchased in 1977 by Roy Davis of McMinnville, Tenn., for installation in a pizza parlor in Chicago area. Before this could happen, Oscar Wilson purchased the organ and contracted Heaston Pipe Organ Company of Brownsburg, Indiana, to rebuild and reinstall the organ in his Fayette County mansion. In 1989, Oscar Wilson, who was in very poor health, donated the organ to the University of Kentucky, where it was stored until 1997.

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

Database Manager on July 13, 2018:

The organ was slated for reinstallation in the Kentucky (Lafayette) Theatre. In 1997, KMW-TOP, Inc hired Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations for technical assistance for respecification, expansion and restoration, of the Oscar Wilson (Kentucky Theatre) Wurlitzer theatre organ. Under technical guidance of internationally recognized theatre organist Mr. Lyn Larsen, Musical Contrasts, Inc of Phoenix, AZ, the organ was enlarged to a 3/16 instrument. The organ was expanded with additional ranks and percussion instruments, including 16- Tibia Clausa (12-notes), 16- Salicional (12-notes), 8- Brass Saxophone (61-notes), 8- Orchestral Oboe (61-notes), 8- English Post Horn (61-notes), 16- Oboe Horn (12-notes), 2- Tibia Clausa (12-notes) and 49-note Marimba harp; and Wurlitzer piano; in addition to variety of miscellaneous equipment including swell shades, manual chests, reservoirs, tremulants, winkers, cymbals, solid state relay, computer, blower, software and record/playback unit.

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

Console stoprail: from Bill Webber.

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