April 2017

The cartoon says it all!  After almost 11 years, our labor of love is nearly finished (as if a pipe organ is ever finished)!  Our friend Terry Nace has this to say about that:  "An organ is never finished...it's just abandoned!"  The Brass Saxophone, Oboe Horn, and Tibia Clausa are now playing, so we have 12 ranks operational.  The Quintadena has been cleaned and the damaged pipes are being repaired, and we're currently cleaning the Orchestral Oboe.  After these two ranks are finished and on the chest we'll install the Brass Trumpet and Kinura, which have already beem cleaned, and all 16 ranks will be playing.  The Brass Trumpet and Brass Saxophone were beautifully restored and revoiced by Joe Clipp at Trivo Company Inc., in Hagerstown, MD.  The brass ranks were included in the original specification of Opus 501 but were not with the organ when it was removed from the Lafayette Theatre in 1962.  We decided to restore the organ to its original specification by purchasing the brass ranks, both of which were found on eBay!

The picture above shows (from left to right) an Austin Orchestral Trumpet (made for the organ to replace the original Brass Trumpet and will be replaced by the newly acquired Brass Trumpet), Quintadena, Tibia Clausa (15" wind pressure) Oboe Horn, and Brass Saxophone.

November 2016

We made significant progress since the last update in June!  The seven-rank Solo chest (see picture below) is now in place in the Solo Chamber and is wired and tested and only the winding remains to be completed.  The three tuned percussions - Xylophone, Glockenspiel, and Tuned Sleigh Bells - have also been installed on the Solo chamber second level platform and are all playing after completing the wiring, winding, and regulation (also pictured below).  Many thanks to Ken Crome for supplying several missing bells for the Tuned Sleigh Bells.

In July we took the Brass Trumpet and Brass Saxaphone ranks to Trivo, Inc. in Hagarstown, MD, to be repaired, cleaned, polished, and voiced, and we expect that they will be finished very soon.  Larry started to clean the Solo division pipes in preparation for installation, and Barry will soon begin to wind the Solo chest.  At long last, we can finally see a light at the end of a very long tunnel!  Hurray!!!!!

 

WANTED:  If you are the owner of "The WurliTzer Pipe Organ: An Illustrated History" with "Opus 501" printed on the cover, we would gladly purchase a new copy of the book for you if you would kindly consider trading your copy to us.  We didn't yet own Opus 501 when the book was published and consequently didn't request that edition.  Just go to the "Contact Us" section of this website and send us an email.  We would REALLY appreciate it!

 

 

 

                                                              

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