WURLITZER STYLE 146 BAND ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT (Part 2)
by Dr. Bill Black
In November of 2001 Dr. Floyd Moreland and I wrote an article describing an overall view of the restoration of the Wurlitzer Style 146 band organ located on the carousel at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ. This new series of articles will expand on that article with more photos of the project. To provide some context to this new series, readers should first visit that article in the archive section of this web site at www.carousels.com/bblack/cpier_restoration.php.
The restoration project began in October of 2000. This series will mostly be a presentation of the photos that were taken during the restoration process. We wonąt go into great detail in descriptions since the basic restoration process is similar to that described in the 105 restoration series.
PHOTO A - The bottom pipework has been restored. Over the years, some
of the pipe mouths had opened up to the point where there is too much
opening. This causes the pipe to use a lot more air than necessary. A lot
of pipes with this problem can result in some instability in pitch when
large chords are played. New fronts were made for a few pipes. The pipes
were cleaned and new shellac finish applied. The stoppers have been
PHOTO B - The bottom pipes have been installed on the bottom board. The
wind inlet on the back of the pipe is glued over the appropriate hole in
the channel board by means of a leather gasket. The other end of the back
of the pipe is also glued to the bottom board with a piece of leather. It
is necessary to use the leather for the attachment. The bottom board
flexes as the pressure pump operates. If the pipe was glued directly to
the board, this flexing will break the glue joint.
PHOTO C - The bottom board with the pipework attached and the channel
board are screwed onto the case. The case is upside down in the photo.
PHOTO D - The repaired lower portion of the case is screwed into
position on the case.
PHOTO E - The case is now placed in an upright position.
PHOTO F - This is the under side of the top of the case. Over the
years, oil from the counter shaft and motor on top of the organ has
seeped through the top and softened the wood. A new top was made.
PHOTO G - White paint is applied to the case and the inside received a
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