Seek Bevel Gears and Drum Heads for Wurlitzer 105
By Don Elbers
There may be a glimmer of hope for the Wurlitzer 105 organ on the
carousel in "City Park" (New Orleans). We located the organ for the
park several years ago and had been performing maintenance through the
years. That was until the deteriorated leather of the suction pump
could be patched no more and funding ran low at the facility.
It appears that a benefactor is interested in hearing the organ play
again. This means we might be rebuilding the pump. I would consider
installing a temporary suction unit, only with the knowledge that funds
have been committed to restoration of the pump.
The miter gears for the roll frame have been replaced already. These
gears are readily available off the shelf from Boston Gear. The bevel
gears are original and have seen abuse. (It seems that the carousel
operators do not have ears that are trained to detect the sound of such
small gears grinding away).
Does any one know of a supplier for the bevel gears? In most cases
the labor required to set up a milling machine to cut one pair of gears
Also, there is no one that we can find in our area who can supply
custom drum heads. I know the bass drum will need attention soon,
and a standard 16-inch head is less than satisfactory.
Don C. Elbers
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