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The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 2051, 1929)

Location:

Wurlitzer Studio – Ambassador Hotel
Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA US
Organ ID: 54753

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Showrooms for builders, exhibitors, etc.
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wurlitzer
  • 10 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wurlitzer chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 12, 2017:

In 1955 it was moved to the Goslin residence in Flint Ridge, California, where it was never installed before Mr. Goslin fell ill and decided to sell it. At some point, quite possibly when Mr. Goslin acquired the organ, the original "straight" residence console was replaced with the 3 manual horseshoe console that was in the Wurlitzer factory showroom in North Tonowanda, New York. This console was used for recording reproducing rolls at the the showroom. In 1969, Dean McNichols bought the parts from Goslin and installed the organ (and its new horseshoe console) at his residence in Downey, California. Marilyn McNichols stripped and refinished the elaborate walnut horseshoe keydesk. Her husband added a set of untuned percussions, and a piano. In 1993, the organ was sold to Ned Miemiece, who installed it at his residence in Lakeville, Massachusetts. Ned added two more tuned percussions (glock and xylophone), 2 new ranks of pipes (Welte Trumpet, and Wurlitzer Kinura), and a toy counter. He also added offsets to the Tibia rank, extending it up to 2', and to the Tuba rank, extending it down to 16'. At some point, the Tuba was extended down to 32' with 12 pipes of an Austin Contra Bombarde; these pipes are mounted horizontally from the living room floor joists.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 17, 2016:

Updated by Jim Lewis, based on personal knowledge of the organ.
A Style R16 residence organ in the firm's studio at the Ambassador Hotel. The studio was redecorated in 1929, the previous Style R15 organ sold to a private residence, and replaced by the Style R16.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on April 07, 2015:

"Style R16"
Factory date: June 10, 1929

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console inside Wurlitzer Studio, Ambassador Hotel: Photograph (1930), from the collection of Jim Lewis.

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