I replied off-list to Tommy Forney about his Artizan/Wurlitzer-conversion
organ, but perhaps someone here can shed more light on the number Tommy
tells me was stamped in two places on the machine. Because it is the
same number (237)in both places and stamped on the wood case (or at least
not on anything where it would seem to be a part number), I suppose it is
a serial number.
But is it Artizan or Wurlitzer? Already by 1916 Wurlitzer was up to
4-digit serial numbers. (Keep in mind that Wurlitzer assigned its serial
numbers consecutively, across the board regardless of organ model or
style, when the organs were ready for shipping at the shipping dock.)
However, it doesn't seem likely that the number would be an Artizan
number because of the extensive remodeling necessary to convert from the
Artizan all-pressure system to the Wurlitzer system. Tommy's organ has a
Wurlitzer valve chest, with Wurlitzer unit blocks, for example.
Can anyone say whether Wurlitzer actually serial-numbered its
conversions, and perhaps used a different numbering system for them
than for its own products? Or not?