Anatomy of a WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ

The Console of WurliTzer Opus 471.

Wurlitzer made around 700 of their Theatre Organs with Piano Consoles similar to this. These instruments were generally similar to the instruments with the more familiar Horseshoe Console in all other respects.

The lower, piano length, keyboard was electrically divided in two with duplicate tabs for each half, allowing three registrations on the two manuals.

These consoles do have some advantages. The internal roll player is more convenient that the seperate units that were an option for instruments with the standard consoles. You also get a piano in the one unit instead of needing space for a console and a piano and these consoles take up less space although the pedalboard does still stick out on the floor.

Very few of these instruments have survived.


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