Wurlitzer 950 Theatre Organ & Video (Audio Only) Performance

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At almost any single period during the years 1970-1985 there were over 45 brands of new electronic organs on the UK market: Between them they managed to produce, 183 models under £1000, 137 models between £1000 & £2000 and 201 models over £2000+

Wurlitzer 950 Theatre Organ & Video (Audio Only) Performance

Postby Mike Bracchi » 13 Dec 2012 15:11

Wurlitzer 950 Theatre Organ
Original Article & Illustrations by Ken Rockwell @ http://www.kenrockwell.com

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The Wurlitzer 950 covers the range from full cathedral organ to funky to space-age synth to Pink Floyd/ELP. It has internal Leslie speakers.

This instrument is for anyone, especially for the dedicated home or studio organist. My dad built many organs for fun and these were his hobby. This was purchased this way; he didn't build this one. It's far more than what you ordinarily find in a home. It has some fantastic sounds, especially with the genuine Leslie speaker system, it's Orbit synthesizer and it's funky, bubbly bass sounds called "Wah-Wah." It's great for fixed use in a studio. I doubt it's built for traveling. I'm not the organist. My dad was.

The Wurlitzer 950 is an electronic theatre organ with genuine internal Leslie rotating speakers. It doesn't need the big external ones. It's in the finest solid wood console and bench and has open grain and hand rubbed finishes.

53-1/2" wide x 46" tall (55" including music stand) x 29-1/2" deep (42" w/pedals)
Pedals and top of console remove from speaker base for moving

Three Manuals, all C - C:

Orbit Synthesizer Keyboard: 2 octaves

Upper and Lower Keyboards: 5 octaves each

Pedals: 2 octaves

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Built in lighting from under the top of the console.

Features:

Touch Tone Memory Chord
Famous Wurlitzer Tibias
Total Tone Modulation
Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Sound
Swingin' Rhythms with South American and Popular presets
Toy Counter
Swing Bass, Walking Bass and Rhythm Bass pedals
Pedal memory plays a pattern without holding the pedal!
Chord Magic turns a single note into a full chord
Funky Wah Wah Brass and Pedal sounds
ORBIT Synthesizer
Genuine Leslie rotating speakers, as used by Emerson, Lake and Palmer and many others.
Programmed Rhythm Orchestra


Leslie Speakers
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The Leslie Speaker system gives the dreamy, floating ethereal effects you've heard on ELP, Pink Floyd and many popular Hammond B-3s. Leslie speakers are a live analog instrument effect which use rotating speakers. They can only be simulated electronically if the speaker doesn't rotate. This Wurlitzer 950 has a genuine Leslie system.
The Leslie effect is incredibly powerful in live performance, since it turns a one-dimensional source like an organ into a living, three dimensional presence. My mono voice recording only captures one of those many dimensions. You musicians know what this does, otherwise you'll have to come hear it live.

    Glen Derringer Plays Wurlitzer 950 in Brighton UK

ROW by ROW DETAILS

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Here's what exactly all these controls are:

    TOP ROW (stop tabs)

    PEDAL VOLUME (slider)

    PEDAL

    16' Bourdon
    16' Principal
    8' Flute
    Guitar Bass
    Wah Bass
    Pedal Sustain

    UPPER ENSEMBLE

    Upper Accent
    8' Diapason
    8' String
    8' Oboe
    8' Trumpet
    8' Kinura
    Upper 8' Off
    16' Upper to Upper Coupler
    4 ' Upper to Upper Coupler
    2 ' Upper to Upper Coupler

    UPPER TIBIA

    Upper Tibia Accent
    16' Tibia
    8' Tibia
    4 ' Tibia
    2-2/3' Tibia
    2 ' Tibia
    1-1/3' Tibia
    1 ' Tibia

    UPPER - LOWER BALANCE (slider)

    TOTAL TONE MODULATION

    Tibia Leslie Tremolo on/off
    Tibia Leslie Speed fast/slow
    Symphonic Presence Upper Ensemble on/off
    Symphonic Presence Lower Ensemble on/off
    Symphonic Presence Sustain on/off
    Vibrato

    LOWER TIBIA

    Lower Accent
    8' Tibia
    4' Tibia
    2' Tibia

    LOWER ENSEMBLE

    8' Principal
    8" String
    8' Cornet
    4' Octave
    4' Violina
    4' Lower to Lower Coupler

    SECOND ROW (Orbit Synthesizer stops and switches)

    32' sine wave (pure tone)
    16' sine wave (pure tone)
    8' sine wave (pure tone)
    5-1/3' sine wave (pure tone)
    4 ' sine wave (pure tone)
    2-2/3' sine wave (pure tone)
    2' sine wave (pure tone)
    1-3/5' sine wave (pure tone)
    1-1/3' sine wave (pure tone)

    32' Bass Guitar (has attack and decay)
    32' Bass Reed
    32' Bass Clarinet
    Sax
    Brass
    Banjo (strummed!)
    String
    String Celeste
    Harpsichord (has attack and long decay)
    Electric Piano (has attack and decay like a piano)
    Vibes (has attack and long decay)
    Xylophone (has attack and long decay)
    Glock (has attack and long decay)
    Chimes (has attack and long decay)
    Harmonica (has attack and pitch bending)
    Wah Wah

    Delayed Vibrato
    Orbit to Leslie
    Orbit Coupler
    Orbit Coupler upper/pedal

    Orbit Modulator
    Orbit Attack
    Orbit Sustain
    Orbit Portamento Legato
    Orbit Portamento Staccato

    Power Switch

    THIRD ROW (Swingin' Rhythm, Orbit manual and modulation controls)

    TEMPO (slider)

    Waltz
    Latin
    Caribe
    Bossa Nova
    Cha-Cha
    Samba
    Swing
    Jazz
    Ballad
    Rock
    Slow Rock
    Shuffle
    6/8 March
    2/4 March
    Polka
    Brush cancel
    Snare cancel
    Cymbal cancel
    Down Beat

    Bass Riff (pushbutton)
    Clear (pushbutton)

    ORBIT KEYBOARD: two octaves (C - C)

    Orbit Sliders:

    Volume
    Volume (modulation)
    Modulator Repetition Rate
    Modulator Depth
    Attack
    Sustain
    Portamento Rate

    FOURTH ROW (between Orbit and Upper Keyboards)

    Spotlight Solo Voices for Upper Keyboard. These automatically cancel all other Upper Keyboard voices and light up when activated

    Harp
    Piano
    Harpsichord
    Hawaiian Guitar
    Sax
    Trombone
    Clarinet
    Wah Wah Trumpet

    Upper to Presets (allows the Upper Keyboard voices to be combined with the Spotlight Solos instead of being cancelled)
    Chord Magic

    Five LEDs indicating which, if any, of the the five piston presets are active

    FIFTH ROW

    Solo/Sustain (slider)

    Upper Sustain off
    Lower Sustain
    Sustain long/short
    Repeat Sustain

    Sustain Repeat Speed (slider)

    Reverb level (slider)

    4' Upper Touch Response
    2-2/3' Upper Touch Response
    Touch Response Decay short/long
    Touch Response Volume loud/soft

    UPPER KEYBOARD: five octaves (C - C)

    SIXTH ROW (between Upper and Lower manuals)

    inscriptions for memory chords corresponding to each lower manual key

    Five Piston Presets and Clear

    SEVENTH ROW (Bottom)

    Pedal Memory (allows walking or swing bass patterns to play without having to keep pedals held down.)

    Programmed Rhythm Orchestra:
    Touch Tone Memory Chords
    Dancing Chords
    Rhythm Bass walking/swing

    Programmed Rhythm Orchestra Volume (slider)

    Toy Counter

    Bass Drum Cymbal pedal
    Upper Brush
    Lower Clave
    Lower Block
    Lower Tom-Tom
    Lower Snare
    Lower Brush

    LOWER KEYBOARD: five octaves (C - C)

    Under the Console

    Concert/Practice level switch
    Light switch for console lighting
    1/4" audio jack

    One dynamic level control pedal

    PEDALS: two octaves, C - C

    Glen Derringer plays Brazil on Wurlitzer 950

Acknowledgements to Ken Rockwell
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Re: Wurlitzer 950 Theatre Organ & Video (Audio Only) Perform

Postby Jon D » 04 Jan 2013 20:48

Hi there Mike this guy could rattle this organ made it soung good again it's the player that shines another pleasant post thank's cheers pal. :D :D :D
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Hi there I have played from the age of 13 and all my music is played in a sort of dance tempo style. Have worked in nearly all the North East clubs over the years. That give me a good grounding. Cheers.
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Re: Wurlitzer 950 Theatre Organ & Video (Audio Only) Perform

Postby Mike Bracchi » 05 Jan 2013 12:12

Hi Jon,

Yes he sure could play ... I found this, Glen Derringer playing the same tune as above (Brazil) only he was 11 years old at the time :D

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Re: Wurlitzer 950 Theatre Organ & Video (Audio Only) Perform

Postby Jon D » 07 Jan 2013 17:01

Hi there Mike,
11 Years old playing what looked like a old Hammond cannot think what model it is a big beast you can hear that there is no sustain on those pedals you had to work hard a cracking player even at that age thank you for the post cheers pal. :D :D :D
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Hi there I have played from the age of 13 and all my music is played in a sort of dance tempo style. Have worked in nearly all the North East clubs over the years. That give me a good grounding. Cheers.
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