Jul. 3, 2016

Short Solo Manual

Certain 3 manual theatre pipe organs, notably the Wurlitzer Style 35 (photo) and Style 6, were constructed with a short Solo manual situated above the Great manual.
The Style 6 had 13 ranks, whereas the Style 35 was a bit larger, with 15 ranks.
This short Solo manual had a compass of 3 octaves (tenor C to c3, 37 notes), and its stop tablets were situated in the center, between those of the Great and Accompaniment.
This is an extremely rare species; Wurlitzer produced theatre pipe organs in a great many styles, and its production exceeded that of any other manufacturer, but only 2 of the Style 6, and only 6 of the Style 35 Wurlitzers, were ever built.