Unknown Robert Morton Player Organ Console
By Bill Mote
I have recently acquired some bits and pieces of a Robert Morton
photoplayer(?). The serial number in the console is 283539. At some
point in its life the roll player was removed and the original key desk
was removed and a two-manual key desk installed along with modified
stop tabs. I cannot tell if the original key deck was a two-manual
or a one-manual, nor can I be sure if the console had a piano in it.
It is possible that these modifications were carried out by Balcom
and Vaughn as their brass name plate is the only one on the console.
The console looks like it has room for only one roll player and not
the usual two. The styling of the console looks like it would have
been at home in a mortuary or church. The wind chests that came with
it are three 61-note chests, two of them are Robert Morton and the
other is unknown.
It also came with a twelve-note chest, a four-note chest cabled to
a eight-note chest. These are for large pipes and are probably
Robert Morton but I'm not sure. The pipes that came with it are an
8' Vox Humana, 8' open Salicinal, 16' wood stopped Bourdon or Gedeckt
and an 8' stopped wood Diapason(?) or possibly an 8' stopped wood flute
and a Wurlitzer 18-note Chime.
If anyone can supply any information about this organ it would be
greatly appreciated. Photos available on request.
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