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Wurlitzer style 146 band organ question
By Matthew Caulfield

Does anyone here own (or have access to) a Wurlitzer style 146 (not
146A or 146B) band organ, the organ in the 146 family having 16 display
violins in the upper half of the facade and tall but narrow
fabric-covered windows on either side of those display pipes?

I want to know whether the 146 has draw stops as do the 146A and 146B,
which each have three manually operated stops (for the trumpet rank,
the stopped flute rank, and the inside violin rank)

The 146 I am working on won't play the inside violins or the pipes on
either end of that rank in the same row as they are.  Yet I find no
knobs for the draw stops.  On the 146 A the draw knobs are on the
left-hand side of the case.  This 146 has had some parts replaced.
I'm wondering if it is possible that some person who worked on the
organ between 1925 when it was made and 2000, when I started working
on it, could have made a new case side, omitting the draw stop rods
and knobs and leaving the draw stops in "off" position.  Would
anybody do that?

Or were there, in fact, no draw stops on the 146?  If that's the case,
I have to figure out why two whole ranks don't play.

Matthew Caulfield


(Message sent Sun 21 Oct 2001, 00:44:59 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  146, band, organ, question, style, Wurlitzer

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