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A Closer Look At The
3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ

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The console of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ.

The Page organ Company did things slightly differnet from the other Theatre Pipe Organ builders of the time. The first and most obvious deviation you notice is the color of the Stop Tongues in the bolsters. Tuned percussions were mottled yellow. In the WurliTzers and most other brands, these yellow tongues controlled the Celestes. In the Page organs, Celeste stops have white tongues. Also note that the Stop Tongues controlling the Special Effects, Second Touch voices and Tremulants on the back rail are mostly colored brown.

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The left bolster of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ console.

Here, we see the left bolster of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ console, containing the Pedal and Accompaniment stops. The Special Effects stops can be seen on the back rail below the bolster.

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The center bolster of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ console.

Here, we see the center bolster of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ console containing the Great stops. Below the bolster is the back rail containing the Special Effects, Great and Second Touch stops, and the Tremulants.

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The right bolster of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ console.

Here, we see the right bolster of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ console containing the Solo and more of the Great stops. The Tremulant stops can be seen on the back rail below the bolster.

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The Z-Tronics relay controlling
the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ.

Here, we see the solid state Z-Tronics relay controlling nearly one thousand pipes and other devices in the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ.

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The pipework in the Solo chamber.

Here, we see some of the six ranks of pipework in the Solo chamber of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ. This chamber is to the right of the console.

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Here, we see some of the six ranks of pipework in the Main chamber of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ. This chamber is to the left of the console.

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The toys installed in the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ.

Here, we see some of the neat toys installed in the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ, located in the Main chamber. Note how clean everything is. Dennis Werkmeister, caretaker of the 3/12 Grande Page Theatre Pipe Organ, would have it no other way. He freely volunteers his services as a technician, keeping this great instrument in pristene condition at all times.

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Dennis Werkmeister working on one of the small pipes in the Post Horn.

Here, we see Dennis working on one of the small pipes in the Post Horn. He is using an old organ technician's trick, employing a dollar bill to gently clean the reed shallott of the tiny pipe. The Post Horn on this organ is a very clear trumpet-like stop that really makes a statement when drawn.

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