Pipe Organ Database

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Owner (1969)

Originally The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (Opus 2051, 1929)


Residence: Dean & Marilyn McNichols
Downey, CA US
Organ ID: 60283

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • 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
  • 12 ranks. 3 manuals.
  • Chest Type(s): Wurlitzer chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
  • 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 in horseshoe curves.
  • 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 May 07, 2017:

Wurlitzer Style R16 residence organ built in 1929 for the Wurlitzer Studio in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California. 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.

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

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