3/23 Wurlitzer Hybrid, New Hope, PA

Console

The spectacular home installation of this 3/23 Wurlitzer hybrid theatre organ is in New Hope, PA. Installation was completed in the spring of 2003 in a huge music room with gorgeous cherry flooring and beautiful off white paneling. Twenty-three ranks of pipes were carefully selected based on their tonal quality with many of the major manufacturers represented. A three manual Wurlitzer console was procured from an original 1925 installation in the 3000 seat Diversey Theatre in Chicago. It was installed as Wurlitzer opus 987, 1/26/1925, Style 260SP

The entire instrument is so responsive that it feels like you are playing a modern electronic instrument! The organ is controlled by a Uniflex 2000 relay and wind is supplied by a 7HP blower. Everything was restored to “as new” condition, and the organ was tonally finished by Clark Wilson.

At the flick of a switch, a section of paneling at the end of the room disappears into the floor revealing the gleaming dark brown Wurlitzer console rolling toward you out of it’s niche, a la Radio City Music Hall. The chambers, concealed behind off white grille cloth to match the paneling, are positioned high in the ceiling to be opposed to each other, creating a sensation of total sound immersion in the center of the room. Parts of the residence date back almost to the American Revolution.

Console

Console Close

Music Room

Piano

Rear Chamber

Regulator / Trem

Basement Regulators / Trems

Pictures: Paul Jacyk 8/14/04

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