Me ad-libbing on my 56' Wurlitzer 4410 electrostatic reed organ. PATENTS! click- http://www.google.com/paten...
These very beautiful sounding, professionally hand built instruments are becoming ENDANGERED! PLEASE understand that there will never again be another electromechanical organ such as the Wurlitzer 'electrostatic reed' organ, or the Hammond 'tone wheel generator' organ made. They were made so well that with light oiling every few years, and simple capacitor changes every 40 or so years, the organs can last for many many generations. It is very important that these organs be kept away from being dismantled and used for 'tube amp' projects, or sold off for parts. First of all, not only are they tonally superior to anything that has been built since, but also their extreme reliability negates any so called 'need for spare organs to be sacrificed for parts.' In the case of the Hammond tone wheel organ there are PLENTY of spare parts already and there are PLENTY of resources for these parts that there is simply no need to destroy an organ for yet more parts. As for the Wurlitzer electrostatic reed organ, the early 'Keyed Reed' models 1945-1952 are so rare these days that when one is found it would make more sense to fabricate a particular mechanical component, which would not be that difficult. As for the Wurlitzer 'Free Reed ' electrostatic reed organs ( 53'-61'), the reed units are hermetically sealed and the air used to move the reeds is a very low vacuum, so apart from the motor itself all of the mechanical parts are protected from day one and look and behave like brand new always.
What I am saying here is, the Hammond and Wurlitzer electromechanical organs are 'THE STRADIVARIUS' of non-pipe organs of the 20th century! Plain and simple! Now would you trash a Stradivarius for a few guts? Heck no! So why destroy a Wurlitzer or Hammond, or Conn or Gulbransen, or Allen...or any other organ built between 1935 and around 1975? BTW although there are a few excellent organs made after 1975 to around 1982, for the most part the 'integrated circuit' did nothing but ruin the sound of the organ. The tone generator is everything when it comes to organs.
Feel free to comment away. There is so little commentary surrounding the Wurlitzer electrostatic reed organ. I hope that this video will inspire you to seek out one of these organs.
I will post some more info and links to electrostatic reed organs in the COMMENT SECTION below the description.
So the question you might be asking yourself is, 'Why keep such organs around if we already have fully electronic organs that can do the same thing'?
Fact is they can't do the same thing. How a musical instrument 'behaves', and how it's sound 'behaves' is just as important to it's overall character and tone, as it's basic foundation tone generation sounds. Look at a real Hammond tone wheel organ or a real Wurlitzer electrostatic reed organ as you would oil paints if you were an artist. Sure there are acrylics that look just as good, but it 'feels right' painting with oils. Ultimately you as the artist know of other subtleties that the viewer would have no idea was there, but there is a difference. Please take a good twenty minutes to look at the following website and click on 'Wurlitzer 4600 organ' and 'Hammond Organ'-
NORTH SUBURBAN HAMMOND ORGAN SOCIETY click http://www.nshos.com/