Burns Opera House, Chief Theatre, Colorado Springs, Colorado Wurlitzer, opus #1791, 1927, style "F3M"

 

Ch   Rank                Pedal   Accomp       Great           Solo

S 16 Tuba Horn           16 8       8   8t    16 8 4   16t    16 8

M 16 Diaphone/Diapason   16 8 4     8   8t    16 8 4             8 4

S  8 Tibia Clausa           8       8 4       16 8 4 3           8 4

M  8 Clarinet               8       8            8      8t       8

M  8 Violin                 8    16 8 4       16 8 4   2         8 4

M  8 Violin Celeste         8       8 4          8 4

M 16 Concert Flute       16 8       8 4 3 2      8 4 3 2 T       8 4 2

S  8 Vox Humana                  16 8 4          8               8

 

   Cathedral Chimes                 Ct           C               C

   Xylophone                        Xt           X               X

   Glockenspiel                                  G               G

   Chrysoglott                      C            C               C

 

   (No couplers)

 

   Tremulants: Main, Vox Humana, Tibia, Tuba

 

   3 blank stopkeys per manual

 

(Note: "3" = 2-2/3; "T" = 1-3/5; "t" = 2nd touch)

 

Tthe theatre is now the City Auditorium.  The style F is usually a 2/8, but this one was expanded (originally) to include a real 3rd manual, perhaps for prestige when compared to other instruments in the area.

 

The presence of the 2-2/3' Nazard (Tibia Clausa) on the Great is rather unusual, and it is _possible_ that it might have been an addition, taking advantage of one of the 9 blank stoptabs originally installed.  The assignment of the ranks to the chambers is my guess, based upon the tremulants (which are probably in turn based upon the assumed wind

pressures: 15" for the Tuba, 10" for the Tibia, and 6" for the Vox); there would be no need for a separate "Solo" tremulant.

 

(Information from "Theatre Organ" for August of 1964, describing the organ's restoration to use after a 30-year rest.)

 

((Originally posted to PIPORG-L on 22 Oct 1997. ))

 

Larry Chace   April 2003

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