The keydesk of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
This Digital Theatre Organ has three manuals, two of which have Second Touch, and fourty-five full compass ranks. There are so many tonal flavours to choose from that it would take centuries to explore the many millions of possibilities this organ offers. The instrument is comfortable to sit at and play, and the sound is clean and powerful, emminating from two chambers and an unenclosed division, along with an ethereal reverb division as unenclosed speakers in the listening area. The sound wraps around you anywhere in the room. It is truly remarkable.
The playing table of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
In this shot, we are looking at the keydesk of the beautiful walnut scroll-top console, a true testament to Rudolph WurliTzer's craftsmen. It is a Genuine WurliTzer Style 260 Special shell, built in 1927. High-technology computer gear now fills the machine, with enough power and accuracy to give it the golden voice of real pipes. The only direct illuminations in these shots are the light coming from the large lamp over the console and the small stop rail lamps.
The left bolster end of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
This is the left end of the horseshoe where the Pedal and some of the Accompaniment stops are located. Note the 32 footers in the Pedal. They are contrasting stops, one purrs and the other growls. They both have the low frequency energy that shakes things up. The basement is concrete with lots of wood on the walls and carpet on the floor. It is big as residence basements go, but there is a ton of electronics in this space with enough watts to fill a small auditorium.
The left bolster curve of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
This is the left curve of the horseshoe where the rest of the Accompaniment stops are located. We can also see some of the Great stops, and on the fallboard along the back rail we have more Pedal, Great and Solo stops, and some of the Accompaniment Second Touches. The instrument has a wide variety of Second Touch voices and the keyboards are well balanced and regulated, making Second Touch almost second nature by feel. The manuals were consistant from end to end. They had that classic well adjusted WurliTzer feel.
The center bolster of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
Moving on around the horseshoe, we come to the center bolster containing the Great stops and below these on the top row of the back rail are the rest of the Great and Solo stops, the Great Second Touches, the Generals and the Tremulants. Below these on the bottom row of the back rail, we find the rest of the Redal stops, the Accompaniment Secont Touches and some Percussion stops. The toy counter on this instrument is well equipped and accessable via stops on First and Second Touch, and some of the toys are also on pistons and toe studs.
The right bolster curve of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
This is the right curve of the horseshoe where the rest of the Great and some of the Solo stops are found. We can get a good view of the stops in the fallboard along the right end of the back rail as well. Note the large proliforation of red stops. There are some absolutely gorgeous Reeds of all kinds to choose from. This is a grande Unit Orchestra, indeed. It can sound like a symphony in that Fox Special kind of way. A real feast for the ears, yes.
The right bolster end of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
At the right end of the horseshoe are found the rest of the Great stops and the Solo stops. Notice the enormous selection of Reeds in the Solo division. These are orchestral in scope. They can be used one at a time, or in groups for some really awesome chorus tones. THere are horns and woodwinds, large and small, loud and soft, bright and dark, thick and hollow. And the Tibias are simply heavenly. The organ has two of many voices arranged as one in the Main and another in the Solo. The two voices in the pair each have an individual tonality and tuning, so that when the two combine, the effect is spectacular and humongous.
The junk drawer of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
Under the left bolster end block is a swing-out tray called the junk drawer. This contains push buttons for sound effects used during a silent movie. There are birds, whistles, bells, gongs, horse hooves, and more. Of George Wright could take the bench of this fine lady, he would have a blast. Everything a player could want is on this marvelous creation in Doug's home.
The Console Programmer.
Under the right bolster end block is a drawer containing the console programmer. This is the human to machine interface for the onboard organ computer. It allows memory setting and recall, MIDI record and playback, and signal routing and balance. It is possible to play the organ and have it play back everything the player did. The stops move. The swell shades move. THe keys do not move during MIDI playback, though. That would just be too spooky, indeed!
The console of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ.
Here, we see the basement studio dominated by the console of the 3/45 Mighty Walker Digital Theatre Organ console on the raised platform in front of the chambers. There is actually more space in this room than appears in this picture. Doug has had more than two dozen happy campers seated 'round the Mighty Walker, watching many famous folks have a go on this one-of-a-kind organ, one of today's finest VTPO's.