ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

From: David Lowe, Feb. 2001

I have just found 'Cinema Organ' vols 163 and 164, Autumn 1989 and Spring 1990, which include a two part article by Donald Inkster on this unique Maclean designed Wurlitzer.

It states that this was intended to be a luxurious 4 manual 12 unit instrument, with marimba harp. In the end it was a 3 manual with an interesting, not to say odd, mix of ranks and stoplist.

Main chamber
Bourdon/concert flute
Diaphonic diapason
Horn diapason
Tibia plena
Solo string
Lieblich flute

Solo chamber
Tibia clausa
English horn
Saxophone
Krumet
Vox Humana (large scale)
Harmonic flute

The cinema was badly damaged by a flying bomb on 11th August 1944 and the organ was removed into storage. Donald tells us that 'it was pirated for spare parts and I understand the main cable....was used as the replacement at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, after the disasterous fire there on 14th December 1956.'

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