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Shea's Buffalo 4/28 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ

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The main entrance of the Shea's Buffalo Performing Arts Center

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The console of the magnificent Shea's Buffalo Theatre 4/28 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ

The eighth organ to be featured here is the Shea's Buffalo Performing Arts Center 4/28 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. It is one of the largest and finest instruments in the United States and reflects a close relationship that Michael Shea had with Farny Wurlitzer at the Rudolph WurliTzer Company in Tanawanda, New York.

It is known that the design of the Buffalo Performing Arts Center's instrument was greatly influenced by Michael Shea's visit to the Uptown Theatre in Chicago when it was first built. Shea, upon hearing the Uptown Theatre's Mighty WurliTzer, is said to have told Farny that he wanted the same organ - with lots of strings. The Buffalo organ did, in fact turn out to be an identical sister to the Uptown organ. Not only were the ranks the same, the original chest layouts were also identical.

While both organs were called "Style 285 Specials", they were quite different from the normal Style 285 in that neither had an Echo division.

This beautiful organ contains three ranks of Tibias, seven ranks of Strings and ten ranks extended to 16' pitch. The Solo Vox Humana is of unusually large scale with domed tops (pipes wearing hats) and is voiced on 10" of wind.

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Shea’s Buffalo Theatre 4/28 Mighty WurliTzer Stop List
4-manual console controlling 28 ranks of pipes
Buffalo Performing Arts Center, 646 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 - Phone 1(716)847-0850

Pedal Accomp Great Bombarde Solo
32’ Diaphone
32’ Resultant
16’ English Horn
16’ Bombarde
16’ Diaphone
16’ Tuba Profunda
16’ Tibia Plena
16’ Tibia Clausa
16’ Diaphonic Horn
16’ Clarinet
16’ Solo String
16’ Bourdon
8’ English Horn
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
8’ Tuba Horn
8’ Diaph. Diapason
8’ Open Diapason
8’ Horn Diapason
8’ Tibia Plena
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ Clarinet
8’ Solo String
8’ Oboe Horn
8’ Flute
16’ Piano
8’ Piano
Acc to Pedal 8’
Great to Pedal 8’
Great to Pedal 4’
Solo to Pedal 8’

Pedal Traps
Tuned Timpani
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Crash Cymbal
Jazz Cymbal
Ride Cymbal

Pedal Second Touch
32’ Diaphone
16’ English Horn
16’ Bombarde
Bass Drum
Crash Cymbal
Ride Cymbal Reit
Solo to Pedal

8’ English Horn
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
8’ Trumpet
8’ Tuba Horn
8’ Diaph. Diapason
8’ Open Diapason
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ Oboe Horn
8’ Horn Diapason
8’ Gamba
8’ Gamba Celeste
8’ Saxophone
8’ Clarinet
8’ Solo String
8’ Viol D’Orchestre
8’ Viol Celeste
8’ Oboe Horn
8’ Salicional
8’ Voix Celeste
8’ Quintadena
8’ Concert Flute
8’ Vox Humana
8’ Vox Humana
4’ Piccolo
4’ Octave Horn
4’ Gambinette
4’ Gambinette
Celeste
4’ Viol
4’ Octave Celeste
4’ Quintadena
4’ Salicet
4’ Flute
4’ Vox Humana
2 2/3’ Twelfth
2’ Piccolo
8’ Piano
Harp Sub
Harp
Chrysoglott
Acc to Acc 4’
Solo to Acc 8’

Accompaniment Traps
Snare Drum
Castanets
Tambourine
Chinese Block
Jazz Cymbal
Traps Select

Accomp Second Touch
8’ English Horn
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
8’ Trumpet
8’ Tuba Horn
8’ Diaph. Diapason
8’ Open Diapason
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ Clarinet
4’ Piccolo
2’ Piccolo
8’ Piano
Harp Sub
Harp
Glock. Octave
Cathedral Chimes
Traps
Great Octave
Solo to Accomp

16’ English Horn
16’ Tuba Mirabilis
16’ Trumpet
16’ Tibia Plena
16’ Tibia Clausa
16’ Tib Clausa(ten c)
16’ Orch.Oboe(ten c)
16’ String Enseble
16’ Saxophone
16’ Clarinet
16’ Krumet
16’ Bourdon
16’ Vox Humana
16’ Vox Humana
8’ English Horn
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
8’ Trumpet
8’ Tuba Horn
8’ Diaph Diapason
8’ Open Diapason
8’ Tibia Plena
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ Orchestral Oboe
8’ Kinura
8’ Solo String
8’ Horn Diapason
8’ Gamba
8’ Saxophone
8’ Clarinet
8’ Viol D’Orchestre
8’ Krumet
8’ Oboe Horn
8’ Salicional
8’ Quintadena
8’ Concert Flute
8’ Vox Humana
8’ Vox Humana
5 1/3 Tibia Clausa
4’ Tibia Plena
4’ Piccolo
4’ Piccolo
4’ Octave
4’ Gambinette
4’ Viol
4’ Flute
2 2/3’ Twelfth(Tibia)
2 2/3’ Twelfth(Tibia)
2 2/3’ Twelfth
2’ Piccolo (Tibia)
2’ Piccolo (Tibia)
2’ Piccolo
2’ Fifteenth
1 1/3’ Tierce
1’ Fife
8’ Piano
Harp
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Chrysoglott
Great to Great 16’
Great Unison Off
Great to Great 4’
Solo to Great 16’
Solo to Great 8’

Great Second Touch
16’ English Horn
8’ English Horn
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
Solo to Great
Solo to Great Pizz

16’ English Horn
16’ Bombarde
16’ Tuba Profunda
16’ Trumpet
16’ Diaphone
16’ Tibia Clausa
16’ String Ensmble
16’ Orch.Oboe(ten c)
16’ Saxophone(ten c)
16’ Clarinet
16’ Vox Hum.(ten c)
8’ English Horn
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
8’ Tuba Horn
8’ Trumpet
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ String Ensemble
8’ Saxophone
8’ Vox Humana
5 1/3’ Tibia Clausa
4’ Piccolo
4’ String Ensemble
2 2/3’ Twelfth(Tibia)
2’ Piccolo
2’ Viols
1’ Fife (Tibia)
8’ Piano
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Bomb to Bomb 4’
Great to Bomb 8’
Great to Bomb 4’
Solo to Bomb 8’

Bombarde
Tibia Plena On
Found. Tibia On
Solo Tibia On
Solo to Bomb Pizz

16’ English Horn
8’ English Horn
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
8’ Trumpet
8’ Tuba Horn
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ Tibia Clausa
8’ String Ensemble
8’ Saxophone
8’ Krumet
8’ Quintadena
8’ Vox Humana
4’ Tibia Plena
4’ Piccolo
4’ Piccolo
4’ Harmonic Flute
4’ Vox Humana
2 2/3’ Twelfth(Tibia)
2’ Piccolo (Tibia)
1 3/5’ Tierce (Tibia)
1 1/3’ Larigot(Tibia)
8’ Piano
Harp Sub
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Chrysoglott
Cathedral Chimes
Solo to Solo 16’
Solo Unison Off
Solo to Solo 4’
Tremulants General Right Cntrl. Box Left Junk Drwr. Lift Cntrl.
Main I
Main II
Main III
Foundation
Tibias Voxes
Tubas
Solo I
Solo II
Solo III
English Horn
String Celeste Off
Accomp Sost
Great Sost
Shades (Dual/Master)
Blower (On/Off)
Select Acc. Traps
Shuffle
Sleigh Bells
Tom Tom
Triangle
Brush Cymbal
Piano FFF
Re-it
Marimba
Glock-Xylo
Sub Coupling
Pedal Divide
Transposer
Gong
Bell
Horse
Police
Loc Bell
Loc Whistle
Siren
Bird I
Bird II
Surf
Auto
Ch Gong
Stop
Bottom
Picture
Top

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