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Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Co. (1926)

Location:

Kings Island
6300 Kings Island Drive
Mason, OH 45040 US
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Organ ID: 71193

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Amusements: Skating Rinks, etc.
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on June 15, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 7 ranks. 208 pipes.
Paul R. Marchesano on June 15, 2022:

"The Queen of Kings Island" is a magnificent Wurlitzer Duplex Orchestral Organ Style #157. It was originally used on a carousel at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. It was purchased in 1964 by Paul Eakins and completely restored. Playing #165 Wurlitzer rolls, it has a double tracker system, furnishing continuous music. When one roll finishes playing, the other starts and the first one rewinds.

The beautiful light cream front is heavily carved and the panels and shutter screens are painted with landscape scenes. The newel posts are painted to resemble marble columns.

The following instruments are played: Bass - 6 wood trombones; 6 stopped diapason pipes; 6 stopped octave daipason pipes. Accompaniments - 10 stopped flute pipes; 10 open flute pipes; 10 open piccolo pipes; 10 open piccolo pipes. Melody - 44 violin pipes; 22 octave pipes; 22 piccolo pipes; 22 open flute pipes; 22 stopped flute pipes; 16 bar bells. Trumpets - 14 wood trumpets; 14 wood clarinets. Traps - bass drum; snare drum; cymbal; triangle; double castanets; tympani. Automatic stops - 1 for bells; 1 for swell and wood trombones. Draw stops - 1 for wood trombones; 1 for wood trumpets; 1 for violins; 1 for flutes; 1 for piccolos.The Queen of Kings Island stands nearly 8½ feet tall, over 12 feet wide and nearly 4 feet deep. -- from COME TO THE FAIR-OLD TIME CAROUSEL MUSIC VOLUME 1 [https://www.bandorganmusic.com/COMETOTHEFAIR.htm]

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on June 15, 2022.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on June 15, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Band organ in the 1926 Philadelphia Toboggan Company Grand Carousel at Kings Island: Photograph from an archival source: Bandorganmusic.com, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. c. 2004

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