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Lajko Residence - 2/ Digital Pipes
Seattle, WA
 
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Wurlitzer console controlling Patrick Lajko's Digital Pipes instrument
 
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Impressive music room with 16 sets of Conn pipe speakers!
 
Patrick Lajko's Digital Pipes organ specification
 
Console: 2 manual Wurlitzer (circa 1923). Stop tabs replaced with Syndynes. Fully programmable combination action with multiple memories and replacable memory cards. The back rail was moved back so standard stop tabs could be used rather than those little shorties.
 
The exact origin is not known. I purchased the organ from a home in Northgate (Charlotte Staeck, I believe on 15th ave NE). it was installed there by Balcom & Vaughan after removing it from a church or convent. The console looks like the one from the Garden of Allah, complete with old screw holes for a back rest on the bench. Photos show the Garden of Allah console had 2 console lights, which my console does not have. The Garden of Allah organ's history is unknown, so this could be that console with the upper stop rail having been replaced or re-vineered. The original combination action was gone. There was one swell show and I added a second one plus a crescendo.
 
The stop list was designed for both theatre ogan and classical - hence the extra couplers on the Accomp. and the tab to swap tibia and diapason (many tibia tabs, few diapason tabs so swapping their function gives you lots of diapason for classical work.) The diapason is actually a Wicks Principle with much of the chiff filtered out. There is just enough chiff for Bach, but not enough to make it unsuitable for theatre work.
 
The Celeste is only 2 octaves and was really an experiment many years ago in a different method of processing the sound samples. Due to that, it will probably be softened, re-tuned and used only as an Accomp. soft string.
 
The instrument runs with 32 audio channels. Each rank has its own audio channels and speakers. Most ranks have 2 channels with 16' octaves running through a separate woofer. The Tibia has the most and is divided into 7 separate channels. It has 16 sets of Conn pipes. All have been opened up, cleaned out of all the dirt and bugs that fell down the pipes and had speakers replaced.
 
Much of the electronics was built in the early 90s. The Post Horn, Diapason and some of the traps are recent. The Orchestra Bells are the only "real" thing - being an old set from a Thomas organ bought on eBay just a few weeks ago. 12 toe pistons were purchased, too, and will be added to the kick panel for traps.
 
A great deal of thanks goes to Don Meyers for all the help he provided in making this organ possible, which included rebuilding the keyboards.
 
Accomp. can split to provide a "fake" Solo manual. 2nd touch on Accomp. 2nd touch on the Great, although not used.
 
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Spectacular view from Patrick's large wrap-around deck. That's Mr. Rainier in the distance
 
Stop List


Pedal
    16' Post Horn
    16' Tuba
    16' Diapason
    16' Tibia
    16' Bourdon
    8' Tuba
    8' Tibia
    8' Diapason
    8' Flute
    4' Flute
    Snare tap
    Wood Block
    Cymbal tap
    Accomp to Pedal
    (16' and 8' viol might be added in place of the traps)

Accomp
    8' Tuba
    8' Trumpet
    8' Tibia
    8' Diapason
    8' Viol 
    8' String Celeste
    8' Flute
    8' Vox
    4' Clarion
    4' Tibia
    4' Diapason
    4' Viol
    4' Flute
    2-2/3 Flute
    2' Tibia
    2' Flute
    Chinese Block
    Clave (reit.)
    Tambourine
    16' Sub Coupler
    4' Coupler
Accomp 2nd Touch
    8' Post Horn
    8' Trumpet
    16' Tibia
    4' Tibia
    Orchestra Bells
    Xylophone

Great
    16' Post Horn
    16' Tuba
    16' Trumpet
    16' Tibia
    16' Diapason
    16' Vox
    16' Flute
    16' Viol
    8' Tuba
    8' Trumpet
    8' Tibia
    8' Diapason
    8' Viol
    8' Flute
    8' Vox
    5-1/3 Tibia
    4' Tibia
    4' Viol
    4' Flute
    2-2/3 Tibia
    2-2/3 Flute
    2' Tibia
    1-3/5 Tibia
    Orchestra Bells 
    Xylophone
    Octave Coupler

The "Fake" Solo
    16' enabled
    8' Enabled
    16' Post Horn
    16' Tuba
    16' Trumpet
    16' Tibia
    16' Vox
    8' Tibia
    4' Tibia
    Orchestra Bells
    Xylophone
    Great to Solo Pizz. coupler

Generals:
    Reit for Xylophone
    Reit for traps
    Swap tabs for Tibia to Diapason, Diapason to Tibia

Toe Levers:
    Chinese Gong
    Snare Roll (1st touch) Bass drum on 2nd touch 
            (perfect for an opening to "76 trombones")

Other traps
    Chinese Gong
    Bass Drum
    Snare Roll
    Train whistle

Tremulants
    Main
    Tibia
    Vox
    Tuba
    Solo (Trumpet and Post Horn)


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