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Reproduco Unified Theatre Player Pipe Organ
By Jack M. Conway

Hi Group,  I have been doing research on my Unified Reproduco Theatre
Organ in preparation for having MIDI control added to it.  I have
received help from Robbie, Mike Mount, Terry Hathaway, and Josh Rapier.

The engraving has worn off of many of the stop tabs.  I think that they
have now been identified.  Robbie matched the specs to the tracker bar.
Mike Mount, an organ restorer and Unified Reproduco Mortuary Organ
owner, has figured out the worn stop tabs.  Josh was also able to read
some tabs that I couldn't.

Terry Hathaway has furnished information and catalog photos on
Reproducos.  He has established a Unified Reproduco Organ registry web
page as a part of his Operators Piano Company information pages.  Visit 

I now know of three Unified Reproduco Mortuary Organs.  They have all
of the pipes in and on the back of the horseshoe console with two sets
of swell shutters in the console.  They play 15-1/4-inch wide rolls
that control the swell shutters and stops in addition to the playing
notes.  The rolls are labeled Unified Reproduco Funeral and are most
often single tune rolls and are mounted on piano roll type cores and

My Unified Reproduco Theatre Organ has a horseshoe console and a side
chest.  The organ reportedly came from a mortuary in Dallas, Texas.
The console contains pipes, its own swell shutters, and stop tabs.
It also has a side chest which contains pipes inside and on the back.
It has its own swell shutters and set of stop tabs.  The rolls are
15-1/4-inch wide which are multi-tune, with six or more tunes, and
are mounted on nickelodeon style cores for use with interchangeable
flanges.  The left half of the roll controls the side chest and the
right half of the roll controls the console.  (See photos at the links

So they really are reproducing organs.

What I would like to know is whether or not there is another Unified
Reproduco Theatre Organ out there and if so, does it have readable stop

Years ago Larry Norman provided all but four of the rolls that I have
for the organ.  Three rolls came with the organ and after years of
searching I had found only one more roll.  Then I got a call from Larry
offering many more.  I have not found another one since then.

An individual was claiming to have a roll cabinet with some 200 rolls
but he could never come up with a list of the rolls or even their
numbers.  I doubt that they ever existed.

If you check the MMD Archives there is a list of all the rolls in my
collection and a list of the Unified Funeral Rolls which includes my
rolls and Jim Quashnoch's. 

It would be nice if there are other owners out there, if they would
fill out Terry Hathaway's registry page for your Reproduco and send
roll information to me so I can include it in the rollography.

Jack M. Conway
Los Angeles, California, USA

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