After Jeff Bryner wrote in yesterday's MMD about the swapped hoses
on his Wurlitzer 153 band organ, I contacted him with a couple of
questions, which he answered. He said that, as far as he has
determined, the hoses for the snare drum and the bass 'C' note are
the only ones switched. He also confirmed that his 153 has a dual
roll frame system, which means that it has a transfer switch into
which both tracker bars feed.
Because the dual roll frame system jammed up on his first attempt to
play the organ and switch rolls, he does not yet know whether the hose
mix-up occurs with both roll frames or with just the one he did play.
Knowing that would allow him to know whether the hose-switching occurs
just on the one tracker bar or whether it is the hoses coming out of
the transfer chest that are switched.
I did offer some possible reason for the jamming of the dual
tracker system. But Jeff says he is leaving the organ sit un-played
until Doug Hershberger, my North Tonawanda friend and Herschell
Carrousel Factory Museum roll maker, can look at the organ and advise
him. Doug is certainly the man for the job; so I expect everything
will get straightened out and we will soon be seeing and hearing the
ex-Deansboro 153 on YouTube, as Cecil Dover says in his note to the
same day's MMD.
Irondequoit, New York