We acquired this organ in 1992 after it was removed from its
original location in Louisville , Kentucky. The Hattie Speed mansion in
Louisville with its large music auditorium was the center of musical
activity with concerts by renound artists , from 1921 until 1985. The
organ was removed and stored at Vanderbuilt University in 1989. The organ
was completely restored by 1995 and enclosed in two, very expressive
chambers in our music room.
The pipes for the Pedal, Great and Choir organ are installed in
the left chamber while the Swell organ is installed in the right
chamber. The sound of this organ is wonderful. All pipes were
masterfully cleaned, revoiced and tuned by pipe masters in Erie, Pa. The
Classic Organ Company of Canada installed modern switching electronic to
replace the massive (and slower) original electro-pneumatic system used in
1921. (However, the original switching unit has been discarded and not
restored.) With this update came a terrific midi system that allows the
play of preprogrammed musical arrangements with available
instruments to accompany the actual playing organ. We have over 20,000
tunes that will automatically play the actual organ with accompaniment
from the midi system (Roland SB-55 and SC-55).
Of course the organ plays normally from the three
keyboard manuals and foot pedals/with original benchand many, many
pipe stops controls just above the organ keys.
Features mentioned on the Availibility and Price
• 30 ranks( with instrument add-ons below), over 2000 pipes, with two
• 3 manual console
• 116 note and 176 note 10 - rolls player (not installed)- 100 new rolls plus many original rolls.
• midi system for record/playback with over 20,000 midi files
mentioned with this organ as described above but with the 3/30
organ are the following:
- Chimes (installed and playing) Deagan-25 notes.
- Wurlitzer 61 note xylophone for theater organ - not yet
- Wurlitzer full piano stop (original) and restored, for a
theater organ - not yet installed.
- A Theater Organ Toy Counter containing approximately 20 Theater
Organ effects that can be operated from the organ console after a
board (controls) are installed.
- A 116- note roll player (built into the console) with 50
rolls of your choice.
- A restored 10-roll 176-note organ roll player (separate cabinet)
with 100 Duo-Art rolls of your choice (brand new recuts)
The organ is FOB, Hockessin, Delaware at its current price. However,
expert assistance is available to dismantle, remove, ship and reinstall
the organ(in the US ONLY-Buyers expense).. Perhaps arrangements can
be made(with this expert) for assistance at other locations., (if
desired.). Any retuning of organ (and that will likely be needed) could be
done in your area by your organ experts. If you wished the full
expression from the organ, two chambers (perhaps separated by a partition)
would be satisfactory. Currently the chambers are separated by 10 feet of
If there is further interest in this piece, videotapes of the sections
of the organ and its performances could be provided as well as a CD with a
$100 refundable deposit..
Beyond that, might I recommend a personal inspection of this wonderful
piece? Among organ, we feel this is a rare find.
This is Inventory Item #90 on the Availibility and Price List.