Paramount Theatre (now Long Island University), Brooklyn, New York

 Wurlitzer Organ Company, #1984, 1928

 

 Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts

 Wurlitzer Organ Company, #2101, 1930

 

                        Pedal     Accomp.    Great           Bombarde    Solo

 S 16 Tuba Mirab. 85p   16 16p 8  8 8t       16 16t 8        16 16t 8 4  16 8

 O  8 Trumpet                                   8               8           8

 M 16 Tuba Horn 15" 85p 16 8      8 8t       16 16t 8        16 16t 8 4     8

 S 16 English Horn 73p  16 8      8          16t             16 16t 8       8

 F 16 Diaph. Diap. 73p  16 8      8 8t       16 8            16 8           8

 S  8 Open Diapason 10"                         8               8           8

 O 16 Horn Diapason 73p 16 8      8          16 8

 S 16 Tibia Clausa 97p  16 8      8 8t 4 4t  16 8 8t 4 3 2   16 8 4      16 8 4 2

 F  8 Tibia Clausa 85p            8 8t 4 4t  16 8 8t 4 3 2   16 8 8t 4   16 8 4 2

 O  8 Orchestral Oboe                           8                           8

 O  8 Kinura                                    8                           8

 M  8 Clarinet             8      8          16 8                           8

 O  8 Saxophone            8      8 8t       16 8                        16 8

 O  8 String #1            8      8 8t       16 8               8           8

 O  8 String #2            8      8 8t       16 8               8           8

 F 16 Gamba 85p         16 8      8 4        16 8 4             8        16 8 4

 F  8 Gamba Celeste 73p           8 4           8 4             8           8 4

 M  8 Viol d'Orch. 85p     8      8 4           8 4   2         8

 M  8 Viol Celeste 73p     8      8 4           8 4             8           8

 O  8 Krumet                      8             8

 O  8 Oboe Horn                   8

 O  8 Quintadena                  8                                         8

 M 16 Flute  97p        16 8 4    8 4 3 2       8 4 3 2 1       8

 S  8 Vox Humana 6"               8 4        16 8 4                         8

 M  8 Vox Humana 6"               8 4        16 8 4                         8

 M  8 Dulciana                    8                                         8

 

 COUPLERS

 Accomp.                   8

 Great                     8          4         16                 8

 Solo                      8        8 8p        16 8 8t 8p      16 8

 

 TREMULANTS:

 Main, Tuba, Vox Humana,

 Foundation, Tibia Clausa,

 Solo, Tibia Clausa, Tuba Mirabilis and English Horn, Vox Humana,

 Orchestral

 

 M: Main Chamber, 10" pressure unless noted.

 F: Foundation Chamber, 15" pressure.

 S: Solo Chamber, 15" pressure unless noted.

 O: Orchestral Chamber, 10" pressure.

 

 "t" means "second touch.

 "p" means "pizzicato touch".

 "3" means "2-2/3".

 "1" means "1-3/5".

 

 The Brooklyn instrument was referred to as a "Publix #4", and is the only

 example that is so marked.  The Boston instrument is supposed to be a

 duplicate, but it was simply called "Sp 4M" (special 4-manual); perhaps

 that theatre was not part of the Publix chain of theatres.  The stoplist

 given above is from the Boston instrument, as described in "The Tibia" for

 Summer, 1958, in an article by G. Edgar Gress relating the story of the

 organ and how it had been recently changed.  (The organ is no longer in the

 building.)  The "official" Publix #4 specification appears to be

 practically identical.  In Boston, at least, the Main and Foundation

 chambers are on the left and the Solo and Orchestral are on the right,

 containing most of the percussion stops and effects.

 

 The ranks are given above in the order in which they would appear in the

 stoplist, basically in order from loud to soft.  Note that the Great does

 *not* include the soft Oboe Horn, Quintadena, or Dulciana or the loud

 English (Post) Horn at 8'.  The omission of that last stop was also a trait

 of the 4/36 (and 4/37) Fox Special organs.

 

 It is interesting that neither of these 26-rank organs included a 32'

 Diaphonic Diapason, even though many smaller Wurlitzers did include the

 32'; perhaps there just wasn't room in the theatres.  These also did not

 include any 25" pressure ranks as were found in the larger 4-manual

 Wurlitzers.

 

 Larry Chace

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