From: Dr. A. R. L. Bell, June 1997
The former Westgate Masonic Temple instrument was rescued from storage
in 1995 and is being installed in my home. Listed as a 105 Special, it
originally included an 18-note Deagan chime set (which is still used).
The console was ruined by vandals and is being replaced with the
2-manual Robert Morton (1929) from the El Patio Theatre in North
Hollywood, CA. The original four ranks will be supplemented with six
others of various vintages, including some WurliTzer. The Spenser
blower was ruined by flooding and replaced with a Kinetic (1930) from a
girl's school in Wisconsin.
From: Dr. A. R. L. Bell, November 1998
The Westgate WurliTzer #1312 [105 Special] was removed from the original
Westgate Masonic Temple location approximately 10 years ago and stored in
the garage of the Lakewood Gardens Christian Center [21208 Norwalk
Boulevard, Hawaiian Gardens, Ca 90716] until the summer of 1993, when it
was advertized in *The Diapason* and purchased by me [A.R.L.Bell] and
then stored in my garage. At the time of removal, the blower was
colorfuly "restored" to a mess of repainted parts. The relays were
nothing more than a mass of old wires, rotting away. The galvanized wind
pipes were stuffed into the garage roof.
As might be considered, there were no changes in the specificiations from
its installation to its removal and transfer to my home. So far as I can
discerne, I have ALL of the pipework and the 18 chimes.