Fordham Skating Rink

Jerome Avenue, just north of Fordham Road
Bronx, N.Y. 10022
           
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 1416 (1925)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style B
2 Manuals, 4 Ranks, 3 Tuned Percussions, 17 Traps, Curved Console


This organ was originally installed in the Pastime-Osborne Theatre in the Bronx on August 12, 1926. Due to financial problems at that theatre, it was repossessed by the organ company, and set up as a demonstrator organ at the 42nd Street showrooms of the Wurlitzer company, where it was subsequently sold to the Fordham Skating Rink. It was installed there on September 19, 1935. On January 15, 1939, Dr. Quimby de Hart of Hawthorne, NJ, purchased the organ and installed it into his private residence. The organ was later damaged by a flood and abandoned by de Hart. On November 11, 1976, the organ was purchased by organist N. Francis Cimmino, of Wayne, NJ, who restored it, enlarged it to 6 ranks and installed it in his home. Several years later when Mr. Cimmino decided to relocate to Florida, he put the instrument up for sale. On February 15, 1979, the organ was purchased from Mr. Cimmino by Mr. Harold Benz (now the instrument's 5th owner), of Morris Plains, N.J. Mr. Benz, along with his son, installed the organ into the basement of their home. After Mr. Benz' son left home, the instrument again fell into disuse, and was again put up for sale. In September 1987, the organ was sold to the Roxy Theatre in Northampton, Penn..
           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Bourdon
  Pedal 2nd Touch
8
  Trumpet
  Bass Drum
8
  Flute
  Kettle Drum
8
  Cello
  Cymbal

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) –- 61 notes
16
  Contra Viole [TC]     Snare Drum
16
  Bourdon     Tambourine
8
  Trumpet     Castanets
8
  Salicional     Chinese Block
8
  Flute      
8
  Vox Humana     Accompaniment 2nd Touch
4
  Salicet
8
  Trumpet
4
  Flute      
          Three Adjustable Combination Pistons

   

   
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Contra Viole [TC]
2 2/3
  Twelfth
16
  Bourdon
2
  Piccolo
16
  Vox Humana
  Cathedral Chimes
8
  Trumpet
  Xylophone
8
  Salicional
  Glockenspiel
8
  Flute
   
8
  Vox Humana
  Solo 2nd Touch
4
  Salicet
8
  Trumpet
4
  Flute
  Xylophone
4
  Vox Humana      
        Three Adjustable Combination Pistons

   

   
General
One Balanced Expression Pedal      
One General Tremulant      
One Vox Humana Tremulant      
           
Effects (operated by pistons)
Sleigh Bells Bird Fire Gong (reiterating)
Triangle Train Steamboat Whistle
Horse Hoofs Auto Horn Siren
Surf Effect Fire Gong Tom-Tom
     
Door Bell (push button)    
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://www.cinematreasures.org
     Junchen, David L., comp. and ed. by Jeff Weiler. The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History. Chicago: The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1995.
     Roxy Theatre (Northampton, Penn.) web site: http://www.roxytheaternorthampton.com