The keydesk of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer
Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Civic Theatre.
This Theatre Pipe Organ has three manuals andnineteen ranks. There are enough tonal flavours to keep any organist happy for a long time exploring the millions of possibilities it offers. The instrument is very comfortable to sit at and play, and the sound is heavenly to behold in the huge room where it lives.
The playing table of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer
Theatre Pipe Organ.
In this shot, we are looking up at the keydesk of the gorgeous white and gold leafed console. The only direct illumination provided is the light coming from the horseshoe lamps. A small camera-mounted flash suppliments the lighting to give more detail and clarity to the shot, showing the many stop tabs and thumb pistons.
The left bolster of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
This is the left end of the horseshoe containing the Pedal and some of the Accompaniment stops. There are a wide number of tonal flavours, including large Reeds and many Strings. Note the 32 footer in the Pedal. This stop shakes the house when drawn, but it is not overbearing, simply a rumbling purr.
The center bolster of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Moving on around the horseshoe, we come to the center bolster containing more of the Accompaniment stops and the Great stops. On the fallboard below, we find the Accompaniment Second Touch stops on the left of the row, the Great overflow stops in the middle of the row, and the Tremulants on the right end of the row of stops in the back rail. Note the original "Patent Applied For" number listing plaque in the center above the Solo manual.
The right bolster of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
At the right end of the horseshoe are found the remainder of the Great stops and the Solo stops. Note the Solo Third and Solo Fifth couplers, which allow one to get that famous Blackpool WurliTzer sound. The illustrious Len Rawl would be right at home on this majestic instrument, indeed.
The junk drawer of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Under the left bolser end block is a swing-out tray called the junk drawer. This contains push buttons for the various sound effects or "toys" available to the organist for silent movie accompaniment or novelty effects in concert performances. Just about all the prerequisite things are here, including sirens, bells, horse hooves, etc.
The programmer drawer of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Under the right bolster end block is a swing-out tray containing the console programming interface. This is used to access and assign memory levels for the Moving Combination Stop Action and the MIDI record and playback facilities. This is truly a world class organ with all the latest technology in place for the demanding player.
The toe studs and swell shoes of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Below the playing table and knee board at the left end of the Pedal clavier, we find two rows of toe studs that control general combinations and certain sound effects and untuned percussions such as snare and bass drums, cymbals, etc. We also see the Main and Solo swell shoes.
The swell shoes and piano pedals of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
To the right of the swell shoes we see the crescendo pedal and the three piano pedals that control cymbal crashes and rolls. THese are nice for that ending florish in a song. As you can see, this is a very well endowed console that was made in a time when Rudolph WurliTzer put all the goodies into a very deluxe instrument.
The console of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ on stage.
Here, we see the console of the 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ on the stage of the auditorium of the Civic Theatre. Note the gold leaf releived trimwork on the side panels. The styling of this organ console compliments the decor of the theatre perfectly, sitting on a lift equipped with a turntable so it can be rotated from side to side.