Per Schultz, a resident of Stockholm, Sweden, is the thirteenth inductee to the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame.
He is a member of the ATOS, the Walnut Hill VTPO and Theatre Organ SoundFonts groups on Yahoo! and also holds the office of Hardware Engineer in the Walnut Hill Organ Club.
Per Schultz and his Mighty Rodgers Theatre Organ.
The first picture shows Per Schultz with his Rodgers Analogue Theatre Organ. The visible difference from a standard Rodgers Trio is the addition of pistons, 35 of them.
Detail of the MIDI attachment.
The second picture shows a detail of the MIDI attachment. This is a DIY project from http://www.ucapps.de/. The application name is the MIDIO128. This allows for 128 digital input pins. I have three of these giving a total of 384 inputs. All three keyboards, pedal, stop keys, pistons and the swell shoe are all MIDI'fied.
All About Per Schultz
We spoke with Per via Yahoo! email on his way to being inducted into the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame. This is what he told us about himself and his installation:
My interest in theatre organs goes way back. It's a bit strange that I happened to be interested in a thing that is virtually unknown in my country.
Robert Wolfe at the
Thursford 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
In the picture above, we see the Thursford Collection's 3/19 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. The resident organist, Robert Wolfe, shown here at the console, plays two shows every day.
The first organ I owned was a Hammond L-100. That was really the entrance to the real TPO. The first live organ I heard was the Blackpool Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ back in 1970. The organist at the time was Mr. Earnest Broadbent, who kindly showed me the console and I actually sat down on the bench of this famous organ. From there, there was no return.
In 1975 I was able to get a bargain on a Rodgers Trio, one of two in the whole country. About ten years ago I was looking for a way to improve the sound. The technology had advanced, digital sampling was now the big thing, and my Rodgers sounded more and more "electronic" as the sampling technology improved. Some years ago the decision was made to go digital.
Today I have both the Miditzer and the Hauptwerk installed on a dedicated PC.
Getting inducted to the Wall of Fame is easy!
Who doesn't want recognition for their efforts with the Mighty MidiTzer? Now, you can get noticed on the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame! Folks will see your pictures and be able to go directly to your site by clicking on them. We hope to see many more inductees here in the days ahead as folks step out with their Mighty MidiTzers. So... Dust off those cameras and get snappin'. Also, if you have recordings or any other content you want featured, we can put those here as well.
Email The Bone Doctor to find out how you can be among the ranks of those who are pioneering this Mighty Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ. Join TOSF and Walnut Hill VTPO and make your intentions known to all the folks in VTPO land. We are always glad to recognize those who make the TPO kingdom a better place!