The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Liberty Theatre
Wall Street
Bend, Oregon

OHS Database ID 25713.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 2, 2019.

Technical Details

Wurlitzer EP chests .

Two manuals. 1 divisions. 3 registers. 3 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.


  • Identified through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- This was a style 109 WurliTzer with a piano-style case. It was removed from the theatre and reinstalled at First Presbyterian in Bend in the 1930s by Balcom and Vaughan; at that time it was enlarged to 2/5 with a new console. Disposition of the original console is unknown. In the 1980s [ca. 1985] it was sold to Rick and Roxy Rumgay for the Bend residence. In 1998, they sold it to Fr. Don Maddox of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Shelton, Washington, where it was combined with a 2/6 Morton and other miscellaneous pipes and parts for the Parish Hall across from the church. (Database Manager. March 21, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. March 22, 2007)
  • Updated by Eric Schmiedeberg, naming this as the source of information: The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ--An Illustrated History--David L. Junchen--2005.

    The Style 109 came stock with a piano-style console. This type featured a full 88-note piano keyboard with a 61-note organ manual centered above it. There were organ key contacts under both keyboards. The piano could be muted and its keyboard used as an organ manual, if desired. One would suspect the variance in action/touch between the piano and organ keyboards would be considerable. I have never played a Wurlitzer with one of these consoles, but I would like to give it a shot! There are a few of this type still around. However, I understand that the piano-console type of Wurlitzer theatre organ accounted for something like 25% of the 2,200 or so produced by that firm. (Stephen Hall. January 26, 2019)
  • Updated by Eric Schmiedeberg, naming this as the source of information: James Stettner--OHS Pipe Organ Database.

    For a picture of what a Wurlitzer piano-style theatre organ console looks like, please refer to Organ ID 30880. (Stephen Hall. February 2, 2019)

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  • Original document from Eric Schmiedeberg.. Source: The Wurlitzer Organ--An Illustrated History--David L. Junchen--2005
    Bend, OR
    Liberty Theatre
    Organ by Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Co.-Opus 1264--1926
    16' Bourdon
     8' Cello (Salicional)
     8' Flute
    Bass Drum
    Kettle Drum
    8' Salicional
    8' Flute
    8' Vox Humana
    4' Salicet
    4' Flute
       Mandolin (Strips w/ metal tips laid against the piano strings)
       Snare Drum
       Chinese Block
    16' Bourdon
     8' Salicional
     8' Flute
     8' Vox Humana
     4' Salicet
     4' Flute
        Cathedral Chimes
    Vox Humana
    TOE STUDS--Arranged on either side of the swell pedal
    Sleigh Bells
    Horse's Hooves (two wooden cups slapping rim-to-rim)
    Bird (oil-filled resevoir w/ whistle blowing across it) 
    Auto Horn (a loud, sick duck)
    Fire Gong (reiterating--a brass plate struck w/ a hard maple mallet)
    Siren (electric fan type--more of a whistle than a true siren)
    Surf (slow build and subside air leak blow over the edge of a thin metal plate) 
    Train Whistle (multiple whistles blown with normal organ pressure)
    Fire Gong (single-stroke)
    Steamboat Whistle (three small wooden pipes blown together)
    Tom Tom (single-stroke snare drum w/ the snare muted)
    --Push button--
    Door Bell (fire bell type)
    2 HP Kinetic Engineering or Spencer Turbine Co. Blower--Depending on date of opus number
    and what was on hand.  Before c. 1923, Wurlitzer bought a fair number of K.E. units.
    SWELL BOX DIMENSIONS--If a factory-made swell box was required
    12'-0" X 5'-0" X 10'-6"
  • Click Here Original document from Eric Schmiedeberg.. Source: The Wurlitzer Organ--An Illustrated History--David L. Junchen--2005 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.