PAC Wurlitzer Project                 

In 2006, the Western Reserve Theatre Organ Society was fortunate to receive the donation of a very large Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ that had been in storage for many years.  We were succsesful in reaching agreement with the Cleveland area Scottish Rite to install the Wurlitzer in their Cleveland Masonic & Performing Arts Center (PAC).  In 2007 work began to replace and repair worn and deteriorated components.  We have accomplished much over the past 60 months.  Here is a synopsis.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm very dedicated and productive groups of WRTOS volunteers slaved away at work “parties”.  

Building the chambers is complete (we had to start from scratch).  We completed moving the rebuilt chests into the chambers.  Wiring and winding is now complete.  The console has been rebuilt and refinished - and the electronics are complete and functional.  We have completed the long tedious process of applying the initial tuning to the more than 2400 pipes that sat dormant in crates for 15 years or so.  Then came tonal finishing and fixing the gremlins as they appear - an equally tedious task.

The organ is now complete and we have held the world premiere concert.  Click the following link to read an article about our new instrument.

Here is a brief video showing a few highlights of our progress so far.

PAC Installation Video

Here is a link to another video showing our move of the Marimba from the workshop to its final home in the chambers.  This was the first piece to be put in place.  Use the "back arrow" to return to this page after viewing the video.

PAC Marimba Installation

Can't get enough??  Here are a series of links to a bunch of short videos of our progress to date.  You start to get an appreciation of the progress we have made.

Videos & photos from May 2009

PAC photos from July 2009

PAC Photos - moving the blower into position

PAC Photos - Completed Chambers

Three Short Blower Motor Test Videos

Firing up the blower for the first time

Restoration/installation projects like this used to be rather common in ATOS chapters years ago. It is becoming much less frequent, and the grassroots support of our collective mission is definitely affected by this. Your chapter is aimed at turning that around, and it needs your support. 

If you can't support our project with your time, please consider financial assistance.  Western Reserve took out a sizeable loan to purchase parts and building material to keep this project on track.  While we have now paid off this loan, we still need donations to help us finish the project.  Please support our efforts by making a donation right now.


View more photos and short videos of the restoration project by clicking this link.

 Older Photos and Videos

  WRTOS In the News

Plain Dealer Reporter Michael O'Malley features WRTOS in his December 4th article Silent-film organ to pipe up. Photographs by Lynn Ischay. The video features organist Donnie Rankin on the Grays Armory Wurlitzer.

 CD Sales

Help support our project by purchasing a CD from WRTOS.  We have commissioned a recordng on the Vince Aveni 4/60 residence Wurlitzer with 100% of the proceeds going to our PAC installation.  Click HERE for details and ordering information.