"The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ"

The Bay Theatre's pipe organ began life as Wurlitzer Opus 1960, a 4/21 instrument built in 1928 and installed in the studio of New York's Paramount Theatre. One of the world's most famous Wurlitzers, it was heard through the late 1920s and 1930s via broadcasts and recordings featuring many legendary organists, most notably Jesse Crawford.

In the early 1960s, Richard Loderhose purchased the organ, added several ranks, and installed it in his home studio in Long Island, New York. Click here to read a 1960 article about Dick! When Mr. Loderhose bought the Bay Theatre in 1975, he installed the organ on the theatre's stage, where it stayed until summer of 2007.

Although the instrument was expanded to 54 ranks, Mr. Loderhose sought to maintain the unique sound of the Paramount Studio. His success in doing so was attested to by George Wright, the organist who succeeded Jesse Crawford at the Paramount Theatre. Mr. Wright played at the Bay Theatre several years ago, carefully using the organ's original 21 ranks, after which he declared that the Wurlitzer still had its original "New York" sound.

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