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Seek Motor for Wurlitzer 146-B Band Organ
By Rob Goodale

I am restoring a Wurlitzer Style 146-B organ which will include
returning the drive train back to the original leather belt system.
The original motor was 1150 RPM at 1/2 HP.  There are plenty of modern
replacements available, however for an authentic appearance I prefer
to locate a vintage motor.  I have a possible solution worked out for
a 1750 RPM motor by changing the pulley ratios; however, this may
prove not to be a practical solution because of wear issues on smaller

I am wondering if anyone out there might have an old 1150 RPM motor
rated at least 1/2 HP?  It doesn't necessarily need to be 1920s vintage,
many motors made as late as the 1940s had similar appearances.  One
additional complication is that, unlike the much smaller 1/8 HP piano
motors, many of the larger 1150 motors were huge and exceptionally
heavy.  I would like to avoid that.  I have access to one but it is
absolutely massive.

The motor also needs to be in decent condition and serviceable.
I'd rather not have to pay to have it re-wound.  I am attempting to
be budget conscious on this project!

Rob Goodale
Las Vegas, Nevada

(Message sent Sat 3 May 2008, 03:46:27 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  146-B, Band, Motor, Organ, Seek, Wurlitzer

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