Theatre Organ – Ten StopsMade by: Waters & Son, New York
Made in: 1877
This organ is small but has a big sound that will fill a theatre. Beautiful to look at with its clever woodwork, its paintings, clock and lockable cupboards for the music books. Waters & Son organs are rare – this one was in good condition when found in Auckland.
The brass reeds used in this organ produce sounds which range from the equivalent of a 16 ft pipe organ right up to a piccolo. In the 1880’s instruments were pitched lower than the 440 db on the note ‘A’ above middle ‘C’. This organ has been pitched at 452 so has a very striking sound. Also with all the stops out, each hand is playing 3 octaves simultaneously. This organ was used in the days of silent movies.
Donated by Society of Friends, Waiheke.