From: Robert Real, Dec. 1999
A lot of people claim to own OPUS 1833...That is because the real
OPUS 1833 was secretly kept at various locations in Southern California
over the years.
I own OPUS 1833....Years ago I had Dave Junchen of South Pasadena
help me identify this organ.
In 1980 my father bought this organ from a music teacher in Vista
CA. A Mr Sinns...
We had no idea where the organ came from, so I investigated this
with an open mind.
I had met Dave Junchen an expert on Pipe Organs in South Pasadena
at the Barrington Studios.
I asked him if there was a way to identify and figure out where
this organ was originally from.
He said the ONLY way to truely find out where this organ was from
was to take apart the regulators and look in the main air feed box under
the regulators and see if the technicians had written anything in the
box as to where the organ was destined.
He said to look in the box and see if anyone had hand written
anything in there....
Well, I took apart the regulators, looked in the box and low and
behold it said...Chico...written in blue crayon or chalk.
So I went back to the Barrington Studios, and told Dave that I had
found where it said Chico in the box.
So he and I looked through his paperwork, found the Senator
Theatre, listed as having a one chamber 2/7 Style E that matched the
configuration of my Wurlitzer.
He was quite certain that I owned OPUS 1833....
Facts bare it out....One Chamber 2\7 Style E
Wire Schedule 512
Cables never been cut still attached to Main Chest. (we moved the organ without
cutting any cables!) Including the Console Cable.
Wurlitzer Technician wrote CHICO in the Main Air Supply Box...
This organ has never been restored, rebuilt, or refinished...
Now I don't doubt that other people have pieces of this organ since
a lot of the extras, percussion, etc. were missing. Stripped by
salvagers over the years. But the main part of the organ: Console, Main
Chest, Switch Stack, Relay, Cables, Pipes, Shutters etc. are OPUS
I believe that others who claim to own OPUS 1833 just have not done
Dave Junchen was a world reknowned organ expert and I put my faith
in what he told me.