The House On The Rock
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1s f/3.6 at 13.6mm iso400
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Eep Just looking at it you can imagine how many Theatre organ consoles went into the mix to make that thing O_o I see Robert morton stop tabs ,Wurlitzer tabs . What look like wurlitzer manuals and the pedal board looks like it may have been wurlitzer at one point.
As usual, the three largest consoles in the "organ room" are nothing but put-ons. This one is the biggest put-on of them all! I can't help but think that all those stoptabs, plus the 11-plus manuals (keyboards; which appear to have been painted flat black) and the pedalboard and swell shoes, would be better served being used on several, functional, organ consoles. I have no idea what they made the frame/shell of this "console" out of (not having seen it in person), but it is obviously a product of the House workshops... while of course the aforementioned usable parts probably came from various consoles that were taken apart... since I think the House was too cheap to buy new. Although I don't recognize the box above the center television (it looks like a clock radio, but I'm not sure), I do recognize the tape deck under the left stack of manuals... it is from a Marantz Pianocorder... and should probably be sold to someone who will actually use it. By the way, I say three "largest" because there is another, fourth console which almost never gets photographed... it is a 2-manual Wurlitzer console half-hidden under the spiralling display of tubular chimes, and hidden behind a pile of typewriters, and that looks largely un-monkeyed-around-with. From what I read on the Theatreorgans.com HOTR page, some of the pipes on display in this room actually play, or were playable at one time. It might be this hidden console that plays/played them.
I imagine the TVs were used so the organist could cue the music accurately, based on what was going on.
It's hard to see around that big organ!