PipeChat Digest #546 - Thursday, October 8, 1998
 
Organs On High
  by <ManderUSA@aol.com>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by <JCarington@aol.com>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@truelink.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Jerry" <aqne@waveinter.com>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by <CHERCAPA@aol.com>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by <danbel@earthlink.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by <CHERCAPA@aol.com>
New to list
  by "Keith Fortune" <kfortune@webtv.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@truelink.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by <danbel@earthlink.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net>
Re: Organs On High
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Organs On High
  by "Robert  Eversman" <highnote@mhtc.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Frank Johnson" <usd465@horizon.hit.net>
Lowrey Organ info?
  by "Frank Johnson" <usd465@horizon.hit.net>
Re: Organs On High
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by <CHERCAPA@aol.com>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Frank Johnson" <usd465@horizon.hit.net>
Re: Organs On High - followup
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: Organs On High
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: New to this list
  by "Keith Fortune" <kfortune@webtv.net>
Re: New to this list
  by "Keith Fortune" <kfortune@webtv.net>
Re: Lowrey Organo
  by "Keith Fortune" <kfortune@webtv.net>
Re: Organs On High - followup
  by <Bill6827@aol.com>
Hi all,
  by <KriderSM@aol.com>
Chicago Area Rink Organs re: New to this list
  by "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net>
 


(back) Subject: Organs On High From: ManderUSA@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 08:50:33 EDT   In a message dated 10/8/98 1:48:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Russell Jackson writes:   << Reminds me of the Skinner at Girard College Chapel which is also suspended over the ceiling of that place. >>   Like Bruce, I was at the OHS convention in Portland, OR, and watched my fellow OHS members cavort on roller skates around the quite astonishing Oak Park Rink Wurlitzer. I was being shy, and after poor Barbara Owen fell and broke her arm in more than one place, I was even more shy!! The sound, sight and site (!) of this instrument is nothing less than amazing, but any resemblance between it and Girard College is a bit of a stretch, other than the fact that both organs are above you. Girard speaks down from on high, through discreet gratings, and my does it speak! At the rink, the whole thing, guts and all, simply hangs down from the ceiling, quite low in the center of the rink floor - you can see it all happening, drums and all. The comparison is a bit of a giggle because the Wurlitzer is pure Wurlitzer, with all the sonic fun that this implies, and Girard is tonally a whole, different, wonderful other thing.   The other organ-in-excelsis I remember was the huge old Casavant that was in the ceiling of the large auditorium at the old Juilliard School, where I was imprisoned for several years. It was very remote-sounding, sadly. Does anyone know if it is still up there, in what is now the Manhattan School of Music building?   Congratulations to Russell on the new instrument in "his" cathedral. I've forgotten the timetable he posted a while ago, but it must be just about happening.   Malcolm Wechsler, who has also been hanging from the ceiling this week a bit! N. P. Mander, Ltd. - U. S. A. www.mander-organs.com    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: JCarington@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:22:32 EDT     In a message dated 10/8/98 3:51:50 AM, you wrote:   << Who can tell me anything about the Lowery Organo? I have just acquired one that I used 18 years ago.>>   MY GOD.   Another person on the list who admits to owning a Lowrey.   I think I have some information on the Organo. I have a little book somewhere that tells the history of Lowreys. I'll look in the bench of my Lowrey Symphonic Theatre Organ when I get home. Are you looking for tech information? Or historical information?   John Carington Chesterton, Indiana  
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@truelink.net> Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 08:21:58 -0700   At 10:22 AM 10/8/98 EDT, JCarington@aol.com wrote:   >MY GOD. > >Another person on the list who admits to owning a Lowrey.   Hey...they weren't THAT bad. They sure beat the pants off of any Thomas! Thomas...the real Gulbransen...Baldwin...Conn...Wurlitzer...all out of the business, or gone altogether. Guess who's left? Lowery!   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: Jerry <aqne@waveinter.com> Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 11:30:01 -0400   Some thomas organs sounded pretty good too - better than lowery (to my ears) but that's all a matter of taste. Thank goodness there were all the manufacturers at least it promoted the organ & where I finally discovered such a thing as a theater organ (with pipes). Have owned following organs Thomas (3) conn (2) schoeber theater (1) eminent grand theater (1) baldwin (1) Each of these had its own strengths & weakness tonally. I enjoyed each and every one of them.   Bob Scarborough wrote:   > At 10:22 AM 10/8/98 EDT, JCarington@aol.com wrote: > > >MY GOD. > > > >Another person on the list who admits to owning a Lowrey. > > Hey...they weren't THAT bad. They sure beat the pants off of any Thomas! > Thomas...the real Gulbransen...Baldwin...Conn...Wurlitzer...all out of the > business, or gone altogether. Guess who's left? Lowery! > > DeserTBoB > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org        
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: CHERCAPA@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 11:44:22 EDT   Bob, Lowery still in business. ?????? Paul  
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: danbel@earthlink.net Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 12:37:06 -0400   At 11:44 AM 10/8/98 EDT, you wrote: >Bob, Lowery still in business. ?????? Paul > >   In business, yes----as a subsidary of Kawai Corporation.     djb    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:09:52 -0700   > Lowery still in business. ?????? Paul >> >> > >In business, yes----as a subsidary of Kawai Corporation. >     Sad, another American company owned by the Japanese. I have heard that organ is much more popular in Japan. Anyone have any knowledge of that?   Dennis Goward   P.S. I still remember fondly a Lowrey Lincolnwood Deluxe I used to own, my first fully electronic organ.      
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: CHERCAPA@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 13:12:52 EDT   Dear Dennis, Does anyone sell it in the U>S>, Paul  
(back) Subject: New to list From: kfortune@webtv.net (Keith Fortune) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:21:48 -0700 (PDT)   Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. I am going to enjoy being on this list. I will try to respond to each person individually as time allows.    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@truelink.net> Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 10:28:35 -0700   At 11:44 AM 10/8/98 EDT, CHERCAPA@aol.com wrote: >Bob, Lowery still in business. ?????? Paul   Yup! they even gotta homepage out there, somewheres...   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:33:52 -0700   >, Does anyone sell it in the U>S>, Paul   If you're referring to the Lowrey line, yes, there are dealers all over. Many are in shopping malls, where they'll put one of the smaller ones in the front of the store where it can be heard from the mall. Then someone plays, or "pumps" on it to bring people in.   Dennis    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: danbel@earthlink.net Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 14:14:43 -0400   At 10:09 AM 10/8/98 -0700, you wrote: >Sad, another American company owned by the Japanese. I have heard that >organ is much more popular in Japan. Anyone have any knowledge of that? > >Dennis Goward   Dennis, Afraid you are probably correct about the organ being more popular in Japan -- at least the electronic variety certainly seems to be. This is "probably" due to the efforts such as Yamaha, Technics, and Kawai. There are (to my knowledge) no American manufacturers of electronic home organs that do NEARLY what the Japanese (and other foreign) manufacturers do promotion wise OR technology wise. This is not considering Rodgers/Allen and the like. I am talking about what we used to refer to as the home organ!     djb    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 11:30:07 -0700   >. I am talking about what we used to refer to as the home organ! > > >djb     The home organ. Boy, does that bring an oddessey to mind. The first "organ" my parents ever had was a Magnus Chord organ on tubular legs. I think it had two octaves and 12 chord buttons! Then we progressed to a larger chord organ, then to the Sears Silvertone Spinet when I started taking lessons.   After I moved out, my parents got a Hammond Autopiper. Some years later I got a Wurlitzer 35, I think was the designation. It was electric reeds. Gave that to a church and got the Lowrey Lincolnwood Deluxe which we brought to AZ with us. Here, we got a Gulbransen Prestige (nice theatre-style) which we sold when we got the Rodgers Trio. Now we have the AOB and the Trio, and I'm working on enlarging the AOB.   It never ends.   D    
(back) Subject: Re: Organs On High From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 15:23:58 -0400 (EDT)   There was an "organ-in-excelsis" built by Casavant which was suspended from the ceiling in the center of the building. Seems like it was a large three manual, although I can't find the brochure in my collection - o - goodies. Does anyone else remember this "piporgue suspendu"?   ........................bruce cornely........................ o o o o ______________ o o o o o h o o ______________ o o g o o o s o ______________ o a o o   ............. cremona84000@webtv.net ............       It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up. -- PG Wodehouse (...amazing what we learn from our dogs. ed)    
(back) Subject: Re: Organs On High From: "Robert Eversman" <highnote@mhtc.net> Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 15:08:21 -0500   Bruce are you thinking about the instrument at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon?   Had the pleasure of playing that a few years ago, a real treat!   It does make one nervous to sit right under it though....   P.S. Thanks for your excellent suggestions re: my proposed stop list.   Robert Eversman Mineral Point WI   ---------- > From: bruce cornely <cremona84000@webtv.net> > To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> > Subject: Re: Organs On High > Date: Thursday, October 08, 1998 2:23 PM > > There was an "organ-in-excelsis" built by Casavant which was suspended > from the ceiling in the center of the building. Seems like it was a > large three manual, although I can't find the brochure in my collection > - o - goodies. Does anyone else remember this "piporgue suspendu"? > > .......................bruce cornely........................ > o o o o ______________ o o o o > o h o o ______________ o o g o > o o s o ______________ o a o o > > ............ cremona84000@webtv.net ............ > > > > It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately > loses his head and starts hamming it up. -- PG Wodehouse > (...amazing what we learn from our dogs. ed) > > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org >  
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: usd465@horizon.hit.net (Frank Johnson) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 16:34:48 -0500   >Are you looking for tech information? >Or historical information?     Either or both. Just interested for fun but would like to get it going again.   Frank   Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156      
(back) Subject: Lowrey Organ info? From: usd465@horizon.hit.net (Frank Johnson) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 16:59:26 -0500   I just want to post this for fun and perhaps some information. I worked at a music store for seven years ago and taught instrumental music in public schools for 16 years before that and now 16 years after that. During the time I was at the store I discovered the Organo stored on the ceiling of a supply room. I drug it out and cleaned it up a bit, brought it home and situated it so it was on my 1929 Gulbranson player pino(NOT ATTACHED). It produced a sort of band organ sound (probably the closest I'll ever be to having a band organ). It was horribly wonderful! Of course it could be played by just actually playing the piano also. The music store just closed (after 75 years) and I wound up with the Organo. For those not familiar with the Lowery Organo, it consisted of a bar with 60 "fingers" which touched the piano keyboard and played as the piano keys were depressed. The stoplist was: Principal f / p, Horn f / p, String f / p. Also had Vibrato heavy/light, Solo lower/upper, and Register lower/upper. It had a tone cabinet that was 27 inches tall, 35 inches wide and 14 inches deep. There you have it. Just though it would be fun to stir this up a bit. I have a tape of the player piano/organo that I made about 18 or 19 years ago.     Frank       Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156      
(back) Subject: Re: Organs On High From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 18:02:42 -0400 (EDT)   Thanks, Robert. Lewis and Clark College it is. Just think what a helluva zimblestern they could have; or Leslie effect.... tremulant maybe. Playing it would be one thing, but I sure would hate to have to do Sunday morning touch up!   ........................bruce cornely........................ o o o o ______________ o o o o o h o o ______________ o o g o o o s o ______________ o a o o   ............. cremona84000@webtv.net ............       It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up. -- PG Wodehouse (...amazing what we learn from our dogs. ed)    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: CHERCAPA@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 18:01:45 EDT   Dear Frank, Does anyone know where you can get technical information or brochures of the latest in Lowery, and Hammond literature, or is it available in Japanese. ??? Paul  
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 18:16:57 -0400 (EDT)   Oh, what the hell. I get to play the Lowery "Parade" in our chapel. Turned it on one morning for a funeral and the kids had evidently been at it. Durn thing almost "boom-chicky-chicky'd" across the floor. Fortunately, there were only three people in the chapel. After a couple of seconds, one of the ladies in the front got up, heading out to the narthex to talk to the family, and as she walked by she patted me on the shoulder and said, "Thanks, I needed that!" I check now! We just had it worked on. It was making a hideous "static" noise when turned on. Turned out it was a "cold" solder joint; problem solved. At the same time we had the bass speaker replaced and a jack installed so that I can use it for an amp and speakers for the synthesizer keyboard. I've made a little cradle attachment so that the keyboard just sits on top of the, um, er, ah.... manuals??   OK! Now I've said it. I play a Lowery "Parade"   ........................bruce cornely........................ o o o o ______________ o o o o o h o o ______________ o o g o o o s o ______________ o a o o   ............. cremona84000@webtv.net ............       It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny, for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up. -- PG Wodehouse (...amazing what we learn from our dogs. ed)    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: usd465@horizon.hit.net (Frank Johnson) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 17:20:36 -0500   >Dear Frank, Does anyone know where you can get technical information or >brochures of the latest in Lowery, and Hammond literature, or is it available >in Japanese. ??? Paul     I'm just starting to look for info about the Organo and I have no idea what is available. There is a Hammond website that I'm sure could offer some info on them.   Frank   Frank R. Johnson (KA0API) Spirit of New Orleans - clarinet/leader http://www.hit.net/~usd465/ 1922 E. 14th Winfield, KS 67156      
(back) Subject: Re: Organs On High - followup From: RMaryman@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 18:35:03 EDT   Many of the more well-seasoned list-ers may remember that the Rockefeller Center Wurli that was once owned by Jimmy Boyce in Alexandria, Virginia years ago...sadly now 'blown-to-the-winds' was installed on a large "shelf" supported by a hugh steel beam at the Alexandria 'America On Wheels' (or the RINK, as we called it). It was also totally exposed and spoke out very agressively as there was a high concrete wall directly at the rear of the chests. Concert Recordings released to lp's of Jimmy at the rink. I have many wonderful memories of the numerous hours I spent there both playing and working on the instrument.   Another Organ-On-High installation was at the Eaton Auditorium, on the top floor of the Eaton's Department store in downtown Toronto. It was removed and was to be installed in a large Assemblies of God church last I heard. The organ was installed inchambers Above the stage, behind the proscenium.     Rick M  
(back) Subject: Re: Organs On High From: RMaryman@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 18:34:59 EDT   In a message dated 98-10-08 15:25:34 EDT, you write:   << There was an "organ-in-excelsis" built by Casavant which was suspended from the ceiling in the center of the building. Seems like it was a large three manual, although I can't find the brochure in my collection - o - goodies. Does anyone else remember this "piporgue suspendu"? >> If memory serves me correctly... the CAsavant Bruce mentioned is at the Lewis and Clarck College in ??Portalnd, Oregon or maybe somewhere in Washington State.  
(back) Subject: Re: New to this list From: kfortune@webtv.net (Keith Fortune) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 15:44:35 -0700 (PDT)   Hi Bruce. Thanks for the welcome reply. I remember the visit from the Organ Historical Society. After many years of little or no exposure, it has been great to open this instrument up again for public viewing and listening for things other than skating. In the mid 80's, the organ was in very poor shape. Only about half of it played. Starting around 1990, the long time maintenance person, Steve Bray, and myself began to get everything working again. We could only work on Fri and Sat nights after 11:30, so it took a couple of years, but we finally got through the whole thing. It's nice to say now, when people ask, that everything works. We very nearly lost the relays in the flood of '96. We disconnected the wind lines and jacked the relays up to the ceiling. We also cut the rink floor loose and let it float up with the water which rose about 4 feet above the floor level. The water literally came within inches of soaking the relays, but, thankfully went down and we only had about a 3 foot section of the main cable get wet. We are looking forward to doing some more recording in the next year. Well, I think I've gone on long enough. Tell me more about yourself.   Keith    
(back) Subject: Re: New to this list From: kfortune@webtv.net (Keith Fortune) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 15:53:44 -0700 (PDT)   Dear Russell. Thanks for your reply. The Oaks Wurlitzer is very unique indeed. To my knowledge, it is also the only one left here to have come from a theater in Portland and still have all the original pipes and relay. There have been a couple of changes to the pipes. A post horn was added and the Dulciana was removed, but other than that, it is all original. Something we at the Oaks are very proud of. I am not aware of any other rink installations like this left anywhere in the country. I have heard of a rink near Chicago, but I understand the pipes are enclosed along one wall. I am looking forward to corresponding with folks on this list.   Regards   Keith    
(back) Subject: Re: Lowrey Organo From: kfortune@webtv.net (Keith Fortune) Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 16:06:31 -0700 (PDT)   I must agree here that the some of the Thomas organs were pretty good. It is all a matter of taste. I used to go to the local music store to buy music and they sold only Lowrey organs so I would use them to thumb through songs. Never did warm up to the Lowrey sound. My first organ was a Wurlitzer spinet, shoosh boom and all, and later a Thomas Celebrity Royal which I used for many years before getting the Hammond. I wish I still had the Thomas, but it seemed every time I moved it, something would go wrong. I loved the Tibia's on that organ though. The Moog synthesizer was pretty cool too.   Keith (Musicman)    
(back) Subject: Re: Organs On High - followup From: Bill6827@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 20:00:32 EDT   Greetings, RMaryman mentioned the organ from the Eaton Hall in Toronto. This was to have gone into an Assembly of God Church, but apparently their chambers etc were not quite right for this large an instrument. This organ was installed in the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Tx in 1983. Only the solo and part of the Choir division remain from that Eaton installation. The Gt, Sw and Ch have new chests but only the Ch has some of the old Casavant pipework. The other pipe work is new. At this time most of the reeds have been removed. There is a Bombarde division with a 16. 8, &4' Bombarde group as well as a X rank Grande mixture(which is delightfully out of tune and unplayable most of the time) The antiphonal came from the old existing organ(Sw Div) and is quite nice. There is an En Chamade Trumpet at the rear of the Sanctuary that cuts in like Gang Busters. I have no idea what happened to the removed ranks. Some were never replaced. This is about as much as I know about it. Dr. Bill Hanson Bill6827@aol.com  
(back) Subject: Hi all, From: KriderSM@aol.com Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 20:44:17 EDT   Greetings to fellow Pipechatters,   I am Stan Krider, a retired teacher who has time to pursue my hobby while I am waiting for my wife to reach retirement age. (I also do much of the housework during the week). The hobby, pipe organs, of course! Currently, I am president of the Central Ohio Theatre Organ Society (COTOS) which owns a 3/16 Wurlitzer. This organ is located in a local suburban high school, and is our pride and joy. The Wurlitzer was originally installed in the Columbus (OH) RKO Palace Theatre.   Incidently, COTOS is selling cassette copies of the original Moon River programs. This WLW (The Nation's Station) sign-off program consisted of continuous, soothing theatre organ music which also backed a golden-voiced poet reading romantic verse and a female trio singing the popular songs of the day. This recording was taken from programs broadcast in 1946 and '47. There are four 15 minute programs on the cassette. Powel Crosley, Jr., WLW owner, wanted this program as a way to relax his audience as his station signed off the air. At one time, WLW broadcast on 500,000 watts of power by special permission of the FCC.   Hope to read about your remembrances of Moon River (the program), your favorite theatre, and yoru favorite theatre organ and organist(s).   Musically,   Stan   I am also employed by the Peebles & Herzog Pipe Organ Company here in Columbus. P&H has just installed a 3 rank pipe plus thirtysome Allan electronic ranks in Williams Music, the local Allen dealership. We recently installed a beautiful 36 rank Austin organ in the newly built St. Andrews Catholic Church.   Furthermore, I am a member of the local AGO and the Theatre Historical Society. A great theatre/organ combination nearby is a 3 manual Wurlitzer located in the Marion (OH) Palace Theatre. The Marion Palace is a delightful Eberson atmospheric house that their community has saved from the wrecking ball.   I am also helping to rebuild a 100 year old tracker organ in a local church. This organ was the first of many organs donated by Andrew Carnegie to various churches. Libraries were not the only things Carnegie gave to communities.   T  
(back) Subject: Chicago Area Rink Organs re: New to this list From: "Jon C. Habermaas" <opus1100@ameritech.net> Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 20:14:59 -0500   I am not aware of > any other rink installations like this left anywhere in the country. I > have heard of a rink near Chicago, but I understand the pipes are > enclosed along one wall.   The last Chicago area rink to have a pipe organ was the North Avenue Rink in Melrose Park which closed last March. The organ was removed and broken up for parts. It was mostly WurliTzer with some Barton pipe work. The chamber was located at one end of the rink with the basses unenclosed. At one time Chicago had three organ equipped rinks, the Hub of Leon Barry fame which had several recordings including Glockenspiel, Traps and plenty of Pipes Vo1 I, II, & III and "Leon Barry plays the Mighty WurliTzer. The organ was a WurliTzer rink organ originally installed in the Madison Garden Rink the west side of Chicago and later moved to the Hub and enlarged. After the rink closed the organ was unfortunately scattered to the winds. The Doppel Flute Tibia ended up in the North Avenue Rink. The other organs were at the Elm Rink in Elmhurst, Il which had a hybrid, or perhaps more accurately a "Heinz" organ. The third organ was a Barton put together by the late Walter Golnick for the Lansing Rink in Lansing, Il. The Lansing organ was probably the shortest lived of the four and was one of the worse installations having been pieced together on a shoe string. Another rink which also had an organ for a short period was the Fleetwood Rink on the southside of Chicago. It had the Barton organ from the Glen Theatre in Glenellyn, Il. This organ used the advantage of Barton's single rank chests and the organ was installed in the open on the roof trusses of the rink. There was also a WurliTzer Organ in an ice rink, the Arena, now long gone. Building is now the CBS local TV station. Sadly all of these instruments are just a memory now.   regards,     Jon C. Habermaas