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Jack & Mary Lou Becvar Residence
3/19 Wurlitzer
Kent, Washington
 
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Three-manual Wurlitzer console
 
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The Becvars at their "new" three manual console
The basis of the Becvar residence instrument is a Style 210 Wurlitzer (opus 362) from Seattle's Blue Mouse Theatre. The organ was shipped from the factory in October of 1920.
 
In 1957, Bob Hansen of Bellevue purchased the organ from the theatre. He built chambers in his home but the installation was never completed.
 
Jack & Mary Lou purchased the instrument in 1973. Since then, they have added several pipe ranks and percussions. With the help of Mike Wallace, a three-manual Wurlitzer console originally from the Branford Theatre in Newark, New Jersey (opus 353) was acquired. The original Blue Mouse two-manual console and relay was sold to St. David's Church in Shelton, Washington.
 
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Main chamber
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Solo chamber
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Main
French Trumpet
Open Diapason *
Tibia (Robert Morton)
Clarinet *
Brass Sax
VDO *
VDO Celeste *
Viol
Concert Flute *
Flute Celeste
Solo
Tuba *
Tibia Clausa (Wurlitzer) *
Orchestral Oboe *
Kinura (Kimball)
Musette (from Wurli Vox)
Solo String
String Celeste
Dopple Flute
Vox Humana *
 
* ranks from the original Style 210 Blue Mouse Wurlitzer
 
Piano, Chrysoglott, Xylophone (main), Xylophone (solo), Tuned Sleigh Bells, Harp-Marimba, Glockenspiel, Vibraharp, Accordion (25 notes)
 
Unenclosed: 16' Skinner Dulciana (32 notes)
 
Jack & Mary Lou have recently remodeled and vastly enlarged their home to give the Wurlitzer "surround sound!" The pipes are located in two chambers on the lower level and speak up through a large opening in the center of the very dramatic new main level music room where the console is situated. There is plenty of room for the sound to resonate beautifully.
 
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Console on the main music room level
 
Two unique features of the Becvar instrument are an Accordion stop and 16' Skinner Dulciana mounted horizontally on the ceiling of the lower level. These pipes were originally from the Alaska (Strand) Theatre in Seattle.
 
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Accordion
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Dulciana, "En-chamade"
 
A Moller Artiste roll player is connected to the organ. This unit was originally from the George Tobias mansion in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The diode matrix-style relay was built by Gerald Duffy of Portland and was previously connected to the Bob Rickett residence organ in Portland.
 
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Moller Artiste player
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Relay
 
The Becvars have been very generous about sharing their home and theatre pipe organ with others. Many PSTOS members have enjoyed events at their home.
 

Andy Crow, 1995

Eric Shoemaker, 1999


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