Anatomy of a WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ
Why I bought a WurliTzer.
To minimize the problems.
I do not believe that WurliTzer are the only brand of theatre organs that are
worth owning or preserving but there are several factors that influenced my
choice of this brand over the many others.
The only two makes of instruments that originally came to Australia were
WurliTzer, the majority, and some Christies. There are also some Comptons
that have come over in more recent times. My practical experience has been
mostly with WurliTzer with a small amount of Christie so it made sense to go
with what I know best. Leaning about another manufacturers work first hand
may have been interesting but may also have caused problems which no-one
closer than the internet could have helped with. It would have been possible.
Even though I wanted to buy a complete instrument there will always be the
need for some replacement parts during the rebuilding. Finding parts for
a WurliTzer is hard enough in this country and parts for other makes is only
going to be harder. There are parts suppliers in the US that we can buy from
and they do make specialized WurliTzer replacement parts but generally not the specialised
parts for other makes so it is better to stay with the brand that I know I can, relatively,
easily get what I am going to need.